Join us at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York!

12.03.19 | Event
Femi Oke, moderator at CSW

Femi Oke, moderator at CSW

Pontus Hook
The five Nordic ministers responsible for gender equality are hosting a debate in the UN Building on Tuesday 12 March. The topic is: “The gender effect of leave and care policies – stronger with dads involved!”



UN, ECOSOC Chamber
New York,
United States

Debate meeting

Debate: The gender effect of leave and care policies – stronger with dads involved!

The summit this year, CSW63, is about how the countries of the world can build social security systems that promote gender equality.

This entails, for example, inexpensive and good child care, paid parental leave and subsidised care for the elderly, which gives women the opportunity to work outside the home.

The Nordic ministers’ main message is “Share the care!” Men assuming equal responsibility for children and unpaid housework will also enhance gender equality in the labour market. 

Gender equality starts at home! Sharing unpaid care work is a game-changer for both women and men. In the Nordics, decades of political efforts has put in place affordable and quality childcare, paid parental leave and elderly care. The result - more women in the labour market, more dads at home.

WATCH THE DEBATE LIVE: The debate will be livestreamed 20–21.15 CET / 3–4:15 pm EST at

Attending the CSW? Welcome to ECOSOC Chamber, 3–4:15 pm EST!

The panel:

  • Ms Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister, Iceland
  • Ms Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden
  • Ms Eva Kjer Hansen, Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Denmark
  • Ms Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Ms Eydgunn Samuelsen, Minister of Gender Equality, Faroe Islands
  • Ms Trine Skei Grande, Minister of Culture and Equality, Norway
  • H.E. Bathabile Olive Dlamini, Minister of Women, South Africa
  • Moderator: Femi Oke

Further info about promoting gender-equality in the Nordic labour market: