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Barbershop Conference: Equality at home and at work
The Nordic Council of Ministers has organized a Barbershop Conference in Copenhagen in cooperation with UN Women. The event will showcase successful public policy, good practices from the private sector as well as academic insight into the benefits of gender equality both at home and in the workplace and the unconscious social norms that still inhibit progress. Nordic Ministers will join other Nordic and international leaders from the public and private sector to exchange ideas on how we can close the gender gap.
The Nordic Prime Ministers have launched an initiative to bring forward Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges. One of the three solutions they offer is the Nordic Gender Effect, which showcases Nordic investments in gender equality – solutions for parental leave, childcare, work flexibility and equity in leadership – and advocates for the economic and social benefits of gender equality at work.

World leaders have committed to gender equality through the 2030 Agenda‘s Global Goals, but concrete action is needed to accelerate progress. UN Women leads this issue internationally and the Nordic countries can offer good practices in this regard. Both the public and private sector have come a long way in addressing gender discrimination and offering work-life balance to men and women alike. Still, there is room for improvement and to close the gap, the entire society needs to be involved.

Traditionally, the quest for gender equality has been led by women, with men largely missing from the debate. Barbershop events encourage men and boys to become actively engaged in promoting gender equality by better understanding how gender equality enables individuals and communities to reach their full economic and social potential. Barbershop events provide participants with tools to address this inequality and become agents of change.
While the Nordics have pioneered gender equality in the labor market and the economic sphere, but more needs to be done. That is why the Nordic Council of Ministers has organized a Barbershop Conference in Copenhagen in cooperation with UN Women. The event will showcase successful public policy, good practices from the private sector as well as academic insight into the benefits of gender equality both at home and in the workplace and the unconscious social norms that still inhibit progress. Nordic Ministers will join other Nordic and international leaders from the public and private sector to exchange ideas on how we can close the gender gap.

Further information on the Barbershop Concept and the Barbershop Toolbox on the HeForShe website: www.heforshe.org/barbershop
Organizer: Nordiska ministerrådet
Submitted by: JafnrettisdagatalAttachment: BARBERSHOP_PROGRAMME_0509.pdf
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12.10.2017 09.00-16:00
Conference
Copenhagen , Denmark