Gender equality – a key to rural prosperity

Join us on 25 March for a conversation about equality!

What if rural areas could be frontrunners in fighting stereotypes, breaking gender-segregated labour markets, and enabling work-life balance for young families and local entrepreneurs?

On 25 March, NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, and Nordregio, Nordic Institute for Regional Development, organised a webinar exploring the connection between gender equality and regional development in the Nordics. Two reports were presented with learnings and recommendations for policy-makers and regional planners – followed by a discussion with regional experts and the audience.

If you have missed the webinar, watch the recording on Nordregio’s Youtube channel. 

Two new reports point to the importance of adding gender and youth perspectives to regional policy and planning, especially in remote areas. Young men and women have different migration patterns and educational aspirations. The gender-segregated labour market and traditional gender roles in responsibility for care are persistent. What if rural areas could be frontrunners in breaking gender stereotypes and enabling work-life balance for young families and local entrepreneurs?

Program March 25 13:00-14:45 CET

Introduction and welcome
Elin Engström, NIKK and moderator Åsa Ström Hildestrand, Nordregio

Rural realities and demographic potentials
Anna Karlsdóttir, Senior Research Fellow, Nordregio

Gender perspectives on regional development and isolated labour markets – results from recent studies

  • Lena Grip, Assistant Professor in Human Geography, Karlstad University, SE
  • Erika Anne Hayfield, Associate Professor in Social Sciences, University of the Faroe Islands, FO
  • Helene Pristed Nielsen, Associate professor in gender studies, Aalborg University, DK

Comments and reflections from invited experts and local actors in the Nordic countries

  • Ann-Sofi Backgren, coordinator of the thematic group “Smart ruralities in Svenskfinland and in the Nordics” and chairwomen of the gender committee at the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, FI
  • Rosi Hoffer, Coordinator, sustainable regional development, Tillväxtverket, SE
  • Dennis Holm, Educational lecturer at the University of the Faroe Islands, FO

Concluding discussion with researchers, including Q&A with the audience via Zoom chat