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The Nordic Gender Effect at Work

Achieving gender equality and providing decent work for all are two of the most pressing global challenges. To surmount them, we need to work together and share knowledge and information – at the local, regional and global level.

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The Nordic countries have a wealth of experience when it comes to making progress towards gender equality at work and in business. One outcome of this is that the world is showing increasing interest in Nordic models that promote equal terms and conditions for men and women, including parental leave schemes, high quality and affordable childcare solutions, flexibility at work and gender equality in leadership and organisational structures

In response to this demand, the Nordic prime ministers have launched a new initiative focusing exclusively on gender equality models: the Nordic Gender Effect at Work. The initiative is closely linked with the goals in the UN's Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 8 on decent work for all).

The longstanding Nordic commitment to gender equality has yielded positive results and generated what has been dubbed 'the Nordic Gender Effect'. We know that investing in gender equality has been one of the cornerstones of our economic development. The time has come for all of the nations of the world to consider doing the same if we are to achieve global progress, encourage innovation and promote sustainability. During a period when progress toward global gender equality has encountered substantial setbacks, the Nordic Region is raising its voice on the matter.

The Nordic countries will continue to assume our share of responsibility in the international community by sharing our knowledge and solutions as examples of how other organisations, countries and regions might also seek to make progress.

The Nordic Gender Effect at Work seeks to foster dialogue and enrich the gender equality debate by entering into international partnerships and participating in international fora. Importantly, it also seeks to promote knowledge transfer from other regions to the Nordic countries on matters that may help boost growth and close the remaining gender gap in the Region.

More information:


Julia Fäldt Wahengo, Senior Adviser,

Anna Rosenberg, Senior Adviser Communication,


Anna Rosenberg
Julia Fäldt Wahengo
Phone: +45 29 69 29 13