The Nordic countries have successfully involved men and boys in the work to combat violence against women and girls. This slant on the theme of violence is very topical and the Nordic ministers for gender equality led by Maria Arnholm from Sweden will travel to New York to take part in the UN Commission on the Status of Women's (CSW) annual meeting.
This year's theme is Men's and boys' violence again women and girls. The Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality are participating to present the Nordic perspective, solutions and challenges on the theme.
"The 57th Session is an important meeting for the Nordic countries to safeguard women's sexual and reproductive rights and to concentrate efforts on men's violence against women", says Maria Arnholm, Minister for Gender Equality in Sweden, which is the country holding the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2013.
Arnholm and her ministerial colleagues Paavo Arhinmäki (Finland), Manu Sareen (Denmark) and Inga Marte Thorkildsen (Norway) as well Kristín Ásgeirsdóttir, Director of Iceland's Centre for Gender Equality, will be members of a panel in a debate on the importance of involving men and boys in the work to combat violence against women and girls. The event will be opened by the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Jan Eliasson.
"The Nordic consensus on these issues makes us a strong player despite being small countries", says Maria Arhnolm.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women's 57th Session opens in New York on 4 March. Nordic co-operation on gender equality will be highlighted at a number of national and Nordic events. Follow the Nordic ministers' activities in New York on www.norden.org/csw57 and on Twitter, @nordenen.