The co-operation of the Nordic governments with regard to gender equality is led by the Nordic ministers for gender equality, which together comprise MR-JÄM.
Mellan ministrarnas möten ser tjänstemännen i ämbetsmannakommittén, ÄK-JÄM, till att ärenden följs upp eller förbereds inom en rad prioriterade politiska områden.
The Nordic countries’ joint cultural, historical, and democratic traditions have made it possible to develop close and constructive co-operation within the field of gender equality.
In 1974, the Nordic Council of Ministers decided that each Nordic government would appoint someone to maintain contact with the other Nordic governments on gender equality issues. A few years later, an action programme was in place for Nordic co-operation on gender equality issues and a committee of senior officials was established.
Comparing with one another
Gender equality may increase or decrease in an individual country, but there is always something to inspire the other countries. If we look at the progress of the five countries as a group, it is easier to see that there has been constant development towards a more gender equal society since the 1970s.
International studies regularly rank the Nordic countries among the most gender equal in the world. Yet studies of the distribution of power and statistics show that we’re nowhere near finished.
Gender-segregated labour market
Within an international context, a large proportion of women in the Nordic Region are in work. Yet the participation of men and women in the labour market is still not on equal terms. The labour market is gender-segregated and there are pay gaps between women and men. In addition, more women work part time than men. There is much left to do when it comes to combatting gender-based violence as well.
This page contains current political programmes for Nordic co-operation on gender equality, as well as a wealth of material on the current state of gender equality in the Nordic Region and on how it is being developed.