News, archive 2015

Government inquiry leaves out intersex people

2015-12-14 07:00

An inquiry commissioned by the Swedish government proposes that people should be able to change their legal gender without having to submit to medical intervention. Researchers are positive to the idea but are at the same time critical of other parts of the inquiry.

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A new national structure for gender equality policy

2015-12-11 11:19

The Swedish gender equality commission proposes new aims and a new national agency for gender equality policy. Calls for more long-term organisation of the national gender equality work have been heard for a long time. The Swedish gender equality commission recently presented its final report to ...

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Midwife wasn’t discriminated against

2015-12-02 12:34

The hospitals did not do anything wrong when they refused to hire a midwife who would not perform abortions. The ruling in the Swedish ‘midwife case’ was announced yesterday.

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New statistics database for Nordic gender equality

2015-11-20 10:45

A new statistics database shows how far the Nordic countries have come in the area of gender equality. Åland stands out by having more women than men in the labour force.

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Gender mainstreaming at Gender Summit 7

2015-11-19 13:22

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research was present when over 300 visitors from all over the world met for Gender Summit 7. Participating with two presentations, the Secretariat addressed issues of both gender bias in research allocation and the complexity of adding a qualitative dimension to gender equality work.

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Nordic Journal Lambda Nordica celebrates 20 Years

2015-11-11 10:35

Lambda Nordica has long been unique in the Nordic context. In the future, the journal aims to break the Anglo-American dominance in LGBTQ research. The Nordic journal Lambda Nordica is turning 20 years old. We asked a group of Nordic gender scholars who have followed Lambda Nordica’s development about what the journal means and has meant to them and for Nordic LGBTQ research.

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The Secretariat is visiting gender environments

2015-10-12 09:52

This year the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research is visiting 13 of the country’s higher education institutions involved in gender research and education. We are now almost through the list of planned visits and are ready to share some observations.

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Closed appointment procedures increase gender imbalances in academia

2015-09-30 14:29

Danish researcher Mathias Wullum Nielsen has studied gender equality in the academic world – for example how the discourse, practice and implemented measures differ between the Scandinavian countries. In an article recently published in Nature, he writes about the problem of appointing academics without an open call for applications.

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Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research supporting gender mainstreaming in academia

2015-09-21 15:22

The University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will be commissioned to lead the work with gender mainstreaming in higher education. This is suggested in the Swedish government’s new budget bill, presented Monday. ‘I see gender mainstreaming as an important aspect of ...

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Gender inequalities in research funding call for political intervention

2015-09-16 10:22

The current system for research funding may be reinforcing the gender-unequal structures in academia. This is the conclusion of a research review presented by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.

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Islamic feminism gaining momentum

2015-08-13 10:21

In both the Western and the Muslim world, feminism is often considered a Western project. Nevertheless, says Ann Kull, Islamologist at Lund University, the Islamic feminism is gaining momentum. Even if it is often called something else.

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New centre for feminist posthumanities environmental research

2015-08-11 10:14

At present, nearly all aspects of our world are influenced by human activities. Researchers have even begun talking about how our planet has entered a new era – the Anthropocene. At Linköping University, a centre for feminist posthumanities environmental research is currently being formed. The centre will explore the dissolving of the boundary between nature and culture and what implications it may have.

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Gender equality index puts pressure on EU governments

2015-06-29 13:20

An index presented 25 June shows that the EU countries remain far from gender equal. Sweden tops the list, despite its still highly segregated labour market.

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Academic position – a gender issue

2015-06-15 14:48

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will soon publish a research review on gender equality in the allocation of research funding. Louise Grip is one of the authors:‘The studies on collegial evaluation show that partiality and discrimination are connected to implicit notions of quality.’

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Sexuality in focus at gender conference in Rovaniemi

2015-06-05 09:55

Over 300 visitors from 34 countries participated in the 9th European Feminist Research Conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, held 3–6 June. Genus.se talked to Liisa Husu, Örebro University, who attended the event. The political situation in Finland

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Swedish mainstreaming at European conference

2015-06-02 11:08

The Gender Summit 7 Europe in Berlin this fall gathers researchers, policy makers, science and innovation leaders and other stakeholders in the field of science. The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research will be there to talk about gender mainstreaming.

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Equal distribution requires fair assessment

2015-06-01 13:07

Support of young researchers, broader recruitment and equal distribution of research funding. These are some of the measures proposed by the Swedish government to achieve gender equality in academia and research funding. Can position explain gender inequality?

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Two-year rule locking women into violent relationships

2015-05-06 15:59

In Sweden, ‘imported wives’ are more likely than other married women to experience domestic violence. The number of women who contact the country’s women’s shelters for support has tripled, according to new statistics. Yet the number of unknown cases is most likely very large – a problem that can be attributed to the so-called two-year rule for immigrants, say both researcher and practitioners.

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The end of the Nordic Summer University?

2015-04-29 07:51

In 2016, lack of funding may put an end to the Nordic Summer University, NSU. The situation can be blamed on research policy and weaknesses in NSU’s operations, says the Nordic Council of Ministers. Not at all, says NSU and points to errors in the evaluation and the prevailing attitudes to research and knowledge.

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The Swedish Association for Gender Studies elected new board

2015-04-15 07:54

The Swedish Association for Gender Studies aims to gather the country’s gender researchers and plays an important role in dialogues on the conditions for research. Newly elected Chair Paulina de los Reyes points to the great width and diversity of gender research as an asset in the development of the field.

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Exploited foreign women lacking support in law

2015-03-31 11:26

Women from foreign countries who come to Norway and Sweden to form families with Norwegian and Swedish men lack support if they become victims of domestic violence. This was the theme of the conference Kvinnor och barn i rättens gränsland – women and children in the legal borderland – arranged 17 March in Oslo.

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Sweden expands gender mainstreaming programme

2015-03-24 14:30

An expanded Swedish government programme will support the gender mainstreaming work in government agencies. Gender mainstreaming is on the agenda in all Nordic countries, but the conditions differ.

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Who is silenced by the freedom of speech?

2015-03-20 14:47

The dividing line between religion and secularism is receiving increasing attention. The discussion has intensified in the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the debate meeting in Copenhagen. But what feminist challenges does this bring? Gender researcher Lena Martinsson addressed the issue at the University of Gothenburg during a day of seminars in connection with 8 March.

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Innovation council without gender expertise

2015-03-09 08:00

The Swedish government has started a new national innovation council. It consists of ten members, but lacks expertise when it comes to gender and gender equality. And this despite the Prime Minister’s declaration to lead a feminist government.

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SEK 26 million in gender equality support

2015-01-29 08:02

Press Release: The Swedish government is spending SEK 26 million to support the gender equality work in 41 government agencies. It is a diverse group of agencies that over a period of four years will receive unique support from the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research in their gender mainstreaming work.

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