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voices for an equal future
In order to highlight the voices of young people from the Nordic countries in this global conversation about gender equality, the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers has initiated a campaign entitled #GenerationEqualityNordic. Working in cooperation with UN Women, we aim to highlight young people’s engagement in and opinions on the biggest global challenges that still persist in the area of gender equality. Young people’s perspectives and experiences are important for responding to today’s biggest challenges and what needs to be done to confront them.
In 2020, it will be 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether public or private. Despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow and challenges and obstacles to gender equality still remain.
To respond to these challenges, there is a need for joint action – we need to come together across generational and geographical boundaries – for the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, once and for all.
Therefore, the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality want to shape the gender agenda alongside young activists. The Ministers promise to bring the views of Nordic youth to the UN and the the global political arena they participate in.
In the light of COVID-19, inequalities become even more pronounced. This global crisis has many gendered aspects. We spend a lot of time at home, many are losing their incomes and can’t rely on childcare services as usual, which has consequences with clear gender dimensions. In these times, online conversations on matters we care for are more crucial than ever. Fighting for equality is not cancelled.
A Nordic contribution
to the global conversation
#GenerationEqualityNordic is the Nordic countries’ contribution to UN Women’s international campaign Generation Equality and is developed in collaboration with UN Women. Some of the key objectives that this campaign is working for is to end sexual harassment and all forms of gender-based violence, an even distribution of power and influence in decision-making processes, equal pay, and an equal distribution of unpaid domestic work. The Generation Equality campaign aims to bring together different generations of feminists and right activists to join forces in meeting the challenges that we still face and to work jointly towards a world of equality and justice for all.
#GenerationEqualityNordic will conclude with the campaign’s results – the perspectives and views of young people – being compiled and communicated at the UN Commission on the Status of Women session, CSW65, in 2021.
and guiding principles
The campaign is an initiative by the Danish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality 2020. Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) has been assigned the task of organising the campaign. NIKK is a cooperative body under the Nordic Council of Ministers.
The campaign is also developed in cooperation with the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) and, through this organisation, with various national young people’s organisations in the Nordic countries.
The Nordic Council of Ministers guiding principles for work involving children and young people have also been one of the foundations in designing the campaign, and these guiding principles in turn were developed based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These guiding principles highlight the importance of inclusion, targeted information and transparency among other things.
The Nordic co-operation
The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for inter-governmental co-operation in the Nordic region. The Nordic governments’ co-operation in the area of gender equality is headed by the Nordic gender equality ministers, who together form the Council of Ministers for Gender Equality (MR-JÄM).
The Nordic countries, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland’s co-operation on gender equality is driven by a common vision of an equal Nordic region with equal opportunities, rights and obligations for all residents regardless of gender. The Nordic gender equality co-operation under the Nordic Council of Ministers dates back to 1974 and has had an important impact on the development of the Nordic countries.
NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, is a cooperative body under the Nordic Council of Ministers. NIKK will contribute to achieving the goals of the Nordic cooperation program for gender equality. This is mainly done through the collection and strategic dissemination of research, politics, knowledge and practice from a Nordic and cross-sectoral perspective.