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Gender equality and gender politics in the Nordic countries
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Norway's gender quotas dispel some myths about token appointments

Norway's gender quotas dispel some myths about token appointments | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
A study of Norway's quota reforms has rebuffed one of the biggest criticisms for quotas -- that they would see under qualified women take executive roles in order to fill seats.
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"(...) the reform not only improved the representation of female employees at the top of the well-paying roles, women appointed to boards following the reform were actually more qualified than their predecessors.

 

"Previously untapped networks of top business women were activated by the policy," the authors wrote."

 

Also, "the female candidates were actually more educated than their male counterparts, with women, on average, completing an extra half year of education, while men's education didn't change at all during the reform period."

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Finland: Parliament drama as marriage law changes underway

Finland: Parliament drama as marriage law changes underway | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Parliament was a whirl of varying sentiments on Thursday as it began handling the necessary law changes to make same-sex marriage legal in 2017. Finns Party MP Mika Niikko chided his fellow politicians with religious rhetoric, Greens Party MP Ozan Yanar compared him to an Islamist, Minister Jari Lindström said he felt "awkward" and others still rejoiced at Finland "finally becoming a civilised country".
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Finland: Fewer women, more youngsters in new Parliament

Finland: Fewer women, more youngsters in new Parliament | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
The number of female members in the 200-seat Finnish legislature has dropped by three to 83. Meanwhile the number of those under 30 rose by the same margin.
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Feminist Initiative shakes up politics in Sweden and Norway

Feminist Initiative shakes up politics in Sweden and Norway | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Feminism is becoming a political force in Sweden and Norway. The BBC's Jasmine Coleman looks at what this means for mainstream politics and the fight for equality.
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Will there be a feminist political party in Finland, as well?

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Finnish Parliament approves same-sex marriage

Finnish Parliament approves same-sex marriage | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
The Finnish Parliament has approved a bill allowing same-sex marriage. The vote was 105 to 92, with one MP absent.
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"The reform will force wide-ranging changes in other legislation, which will take well over a year to finalise. The law will therefore not take effect until 2016 at the earliest. Finland has allowed registered partnerships since 2002."

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Norway lifts Nordic gender equality — Nordic Labour Journal

Norway lifts Nordic gender equality — Nordic Labour Journal | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
For the first time ever a Nordic country has reached full gender equality in the Nordic Labour Journal’s gender equality barometer. The barometer reflects the gender balance in 24 different positions of power in the Nordic societies.
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"There are many ways of measuring gender equality. A female government minister does not necessarily pursue policies which improve equality between the sexes. Yet it is not irrelevant. It influences our perception of society and the opportunities it offers.

 

In a Nordic first, Norway now has a female Prime Minister, a female Minister of Finance and female heads of both the Confederation of Trade Unions and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise. 

 

Other countries have gone backwards - mainly Iceland, which was only two points away from full gender equality in our 2013 barometer. As a new government came to power in 2013, Iceland plummeted down to eight points. That is the same level as Finland."

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Gender Gap in Public Sector Up - IcelandReview

Gender Gap in Public Sector Up - IcelandReview | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
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Gender Gap in Public Sector Up
IcelandReview
The gender pay gap in the Icelandic public sector increased again last year.
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"The gender pay gap in the Icelandic public sector increased again last year. While men had 10 percent higher wages than women in comparable jobs in 2011, this ratio dropped to 7 percent in 2012 but rose to 10 percent again last year, ruv.is reports. 

 

Árni Stefán Jónsson, chair of the Union of Public Servants (SFR) told ruv.is that men manage to obtain bonuses, company cars or paid overtime more often than women."

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Denmark highlights commitment to girls and women - The Daily Star

Denmark highlights commitment to girls and women - The Daily Star | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
The Daily Star Denmark highlights commitment to girls and women The Daily Star The announcement was made at the Invest in Girls and Women — Everybody Wins event held at the Danish Parliament, where Denmark's new Strategic Framework for Gender...
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"The meeting will offer advocates, activists, researchers, policymakers, young people, journalists, private sector leaders and members of civil society an unprecedented opportunity to strategise on how to operationalise these new goals and make sure that investments in girls and women become a priority at the national and global levels."

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Poll: almost half of Swedish voters are feminists - Radio Sweden

Poll: almost half of Swedish voters are feminists - Radio Sweden | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
A survey suggests that almost half of Swedish voters identify as feminists, up from a third before last election.
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But do some (male) politicians use being "feminist" as a political, opportunistic strategy?

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Finland trails behind in feminism - Helsinki Times

Finland trails behind in feminism - Helsinki Times | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Helsinki Times
Finland trails behind in feminism
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In Sweden, feminist politics has nevertheless regained influence. The Feministisk Initiativ party, founded in ...
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"Here, violence towards women remains a grave problem, the labour market is steeped in structural inequality, the wage gap is wide, women are economically precarious and, in effect, still very much excluded from the highest levels of decision-making in society. Political trends seem to disfavour equality and women's rights. This connects to the growing influence of the new far right."

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Why Swedish men take so much paternity leave

Why Swedish men take so much paternity leave | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
ALONG with its Nordic neighbours, Sweden features near the top of most gender-equality rankings. The World Economic Forum rates it as having one of the narrowest... (Sweden was the first country to introduce a gender neutral #PPL.
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Paternity leaves in Sweden, some historical background and present day situation.

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What Makes the Nordic Countries Gender Equality Winners?

What Makes the Nordic Countries Gender Equality Winners? | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Although no country in the world has yet achieved gender equality, the Nordic countries consistently stand out in the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report, which measures how well countries are doing at removing the obstacles that...
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Maternal and paternal leaves play a significant role in gender equality politics in the Nordic countries.

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Gender equality in Sweden

Gender equality in Sweden | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Sweden ranks as one of the world’s most gender-egalitarian countries, based on a firm belief that men and women should share power and influence equally. An extensive welfare system makes it easier for both sexes to balance work and family life.
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"In Sweden, parents are entitled to 480 days of parental leave when a child is born or adopted. This leave can be taken by the month, week, day or even by the hour. Women still take most of the days – in 2012, men took about 24 per cent of parental leave."

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Men get the research money

Men get the research money | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
A woman applying to the Norwegian Research Council’s program SAMKUL only has half the chance a man has of being supported.
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Research funding and gender discrimination in Norway.
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Gender Inequalities in Research Funding Call for Political Intervention - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Gender Inequalities in Research Funding Call for Political Intervention - University of Gothenburg, Sweden | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
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Norway: Gender Researchers Sorting Out the Lingo

Norway: Gender Researchers Sorting Out the Lingo | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
The aim of the Norwegian project is to explain gender-related concepts in an online glossary that will continue to grow over the course of the ...
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"The glossary project is funded by the Language Council of Norway and run by the Center for Gender Research. Hoffart stresses the importance of making the terminology relevant to everybody in the field. The glossary will include concepts and definitions in both Standard and New Norwegian – the country’s two official forms of written language."

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A new online glossary on gender-related terms is on its way.

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Poll: Finns favour male politicians

Poll: Finns favour male politicians | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Finland has had a reputation for gender equality in politics since becoming the first country to grant universal suffrage in 1906. Indeed the current government is female-dominated by a margin of 10-7 – yet the results of this poll suggest that the public still prefers male politicians.
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Male politicians still get more respect.

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Feminist Initiative's strong showing in the Swedish elections puts pressure on ... - The Guardian (blog)

Feminist Initiative's strong showing in the Swedish elections puts pressure on ... - The Guardian (blog) | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
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Feminist Initiative's strong showing in the Swedish elections puts pressure on ...
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"The future path of the new parliament has not yet been decided, but despite failing to secure a seat, the FI [Feminist Initiative] campaign has shown that there is support for bringing feminist issues to the top of the agenda."

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Gender Equality in the Arctic | Conference in Iceland, Oct. 2014

Gender Equality in the Arctic | Conference in Iceland, Oct. 2014 | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
The conference (Gender Equality in the Arctic | Conference in Iceland, Oct. 2014 http://t.co/fsjfiCNic7)
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"This conference will focus broadly on the living condition of women and men throughout the Circumpolar North, addressing key issues such as access to and control over resources, representation in decision-making positions, political participation, regional development, human security, and material and cultural well-being.

 

The conference will bring together government representatives, policy makers, academics and a wide range of other stakeholders from the business community, resource managers and users, community leaders and NGO representatives."

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Finland's Minister for Health and Social Services: Proposed home care allowance reform in best interest of the child - YLE News

Finland's Minister for Health and Social Services: Proposed home care allowance reform in best interest of the child - YLE News | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Minister: Proposed home care allowance reform in best interest of the child
YLE News
Finland's Minister for Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen. Image: Yle. The advocacy groups Mannerheim Child ...
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"This reform would distribute the responsibility for providing for the family and participating in childcare more equally between the mother and the father, and this is most definitely in the child’s best interests", says Minister for Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen.

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Norway's closely watched prostitution ban works, study finds

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's ban on buying sex has reduced human trafficking and has not increased violence against women, as some had feared, a study commissioned by the government said.Following the example
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"This report shows that the law clearly has contributed to a reduction of demand and volume of prostitution in Norway, which is what it was intended to do," said Steinar Stroem, a professor at the University of Oslo and one of the study's authors.

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Denmark Celebrates 25 Years of Marriage Equality, Wants Your Photo - Rainbow Times

Denmark Celebrates 25 Years of Marriage Equality, Wants Your Photo - Rainbow Times | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Denmark Celebrates 25 Years of Marriage Equality, Wants Your Photo Rainbow Times Twenty-five years ago the first same-sex couple was lawfully married under the Danish registered partnership law, the first of its kind and an inspiration for same-sex...
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"Twenty-five years ago the first same-sex couple was lawfully married under the Danish registered partnership law, the first of its kind and an inspiration for same-sex marriages, partnerships, civil unions and family laws in countries all over the world."

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It's official: Swedish Academy adds gender neutral pronoun "hen" to dictionary

It's official: Swedish Academy adds gender neutral pronoun "hen" to dictionary | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
The controversial gender neutral pronoun 'hen' has been both celebrated and criticized in Sweden, but now it will be added to the official Swedish Academy ...
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The gender-neutral pronoun "hen" is already being used as an alternative to the gendered personal pronouns "hon" 'she' and "han" 'he'.

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The gender-neutral pronoun "hen" is already being used as an alternative to the gendered personal pronouns "hon" 'she' and "han" 'he'.

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Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status, Amnesty International said today after the European Court of Human Rights ruled against...
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A disappointing European Court ruling on transgender rights.

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Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised - Reykjavík Grapevine

Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised - Reykjavík Grapevine | Gender in the Nordic Countries | Scoop.it
Gender Inequality In Police Force Criticised Reykjavík Grapevine A policewoman is criticising gender inequality within Iceland's Police Force after three men were appointed to senior positions despite applications from several qualified women,...
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On the very male dominated Iceland's police force.

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