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Nordic equality and literature on agenda in USA

The Nordic gender-equality model and literature are both attracting substantial international interest right now. At the end of February, Manu Sareen, the Danish minister responsible for gender equality and for Nordic co-operation, will fly to New York and promote both.

23.02.2012

"We would like the work done on gender equality in the Nordic Region to serve as a model for other countries and regions," Manu Sareen, the Danish minister responsible for gender equality and for Nordic co-operation.

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"As part of a globalised world, it is crucial that the Nordic Region shows the strength of our international commitment and assumes global responsibilities. Gender equality has long been a part of the Nordic identity, a key element in our democracies and in the development of the welfare model," the minister explains.

Sareen and the other Nordic ministers responsible for gender equality will attend a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which starts on 27 February in New York. During CSW, the Nordic Council of Ministers will host a fringe event at which ministers will present the special challenges faced in the Region in terms of gender equality and the solutions that have been devised to deal with them.

"We would like the work done on gender equality in the Nordic Region to serve as a model for other countries and regions. We now know that equality generates growth, bolsters democracy and helps make societies sustainable," he continues.

The World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2011 reiterated the position of the Nordic Region as the part of the world with the greatest gender equality. The Nordic countries have long ranked highly in the annual report.

Scandinavia House in New York is hosting an exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Nordic Council Literature Prize. It will run from from February to April . Manu Sareen, who also writes children's books, will open it on Monday 27 February at 20:00.

"There is no doubt that the world at large has opened its eyes to what the Nordic Region has to offer. And not just new Nordic food, which is attracting colossal interest right now. The fact that Nordic literature is making a splash in the USA is just brilliant. I look forward to marking the anniversary of the Literature Prize in New York," he says.

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