What family forms are recognised in established Nordic welfare policies? Which family values and parental models should be given political priority in a multi-ethnical society? Would part-time leave be ideal from a gender equality perspective? These were some of the questions raised at the conference ‘Parental Leave, Care Policies & Gender Equalities in the Nordic Countries’ in Reykjavik on 22 October 2009. The report is now out.
The conference was arranged by the Centre of Gender Equality in Iceland on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security during the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Researchers presented their preliminary results, compared the differences between the Nordic countries and discussed how we reach the goal of a gender-equal welfare state with reconciliation between personal and professional life where we serve the needs of men, women and children.
The report contains notes from the conference, speeches, workshop discussions and links to PowerPoint presentations.
Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Head of the Centre of Gender Equality in Iceland.
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