How can media promote gender equality? What influence can be achieved by activists? How can research contribute to the knowledge about gender equality? These are the topics of a new anthology.
The Nordic countries have extensive experience with gender equality work and therefore play a central role internationally, says Sweden’s new gender equality minister Åsa Regnér. ‘If we in the Nordic region don’t push the important issues related to sexual and reproductive health, nobody else will. It’s that simple.’
The Sami feminist struggle was in focus on several occasions at the gender research conference g14 – Challenging Power in Umeå, Sweden. Researchers and artists gathered under the heading 'Life and Death – 1010 Years of Sami Feminist Struggle' to discuss Sami experiences in a gender perspective. One conclusion reached was that the postcolonial feminism in Sweden should include and learn more about Sami experiences.
Men in the gender equality world and racialised people in academia are two non-normative groups, yet the consequences of their norm breaking are completely opposite. One group is rewarded, the other marginalised. This was one of the topics discussed at the Swedish national gender equality conference for universities and university colleges.
During the conference "Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014 - New Action on Women's Rights", the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research had a showcase booth where visitors could share on Instagram what they felt passionate about. Many visitors shared a passion for anti-racist feminism. Based on the involvement and interest during Nordiskt Forum 2014, the Secretariat has published a series of articles on anti-racist feminism in Sweden.
Thirty-seven gender equality projects in academia received SEK 47 million from the Delegation for Gender Equality in Higher Education. The final report of the programme, discussed at a conference held 5 November 2014, shows among other things that the common self-image in higher education as being strictly meritocratic is incorrect and presents an obstacle to gender equality.
'This is an important step that widens the international platform of gender studies', says Örebro Professor Liisa Husu on the new association the International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies, RINGS. It was formally founded October 24 in Örebro. 21 research centres from 14 countries were represented.
Pojkar kan visst skriva! - Sure boys can write! - is the title of Katharina Andersson's doctoral thesis, where she studies what school children actually can do instead of looking for their weaknesses. By analysing only boys' writing, their abilities could be assessed and interpreted without comparing them with girls.
Gender research is central to the development of knowledge about how a gender-equal society can be achieved. The point is made by Sweden's new minister for research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson. She wants to strengthen gender research by securing gender competence in assessment of research.
The anti-racist feminist movement is growing and raising its voice. Discussions on racism and whiteness are becoming increasingly common in newspapers, on the internet and in social media. - We have a different debate today than just three years ago, says Tobias Hübinette, researcher at the Multicultural Centre.
Nine out of ten say they would recommend others to turn to the Secretariat with gender and gender equality matters.
Feminism and anti-racism join hands in women's movements around the world. In large South American cities, marginalised and racialised women have taken charge of the development of housing. Turkish feminists are questioning their country’s nationalist ideology and discrimination of ethnic minorities.
Lillemor Dahlgren at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research has been selected to represent Sweden in the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Commission (GEC). As a member of GEC, she hopes to be able to contribute to the gender mainstreaming work in the member states, but also to bring new experiences back to Sweden.
The combination of antiracism and feminism is not by any means new. Yet in Sweden the whiteness norm was not seriously questioned until the 21st century. The murder of Fadime Sahindal and the debate around honour-related violence were two important factors behind this development.
Maria Grönroos, deputy manager of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research and director of NIKK, was elected into the board of Atgender at a conference in Barcelona in July 2014. Grönroos hopes that the organisation will promote cooperation across national boundaries and bring feminist forces in Europe together.What do you think Atgender should focus more on?