The COVID-19 pandemic gave rise to new challenges in the area of gender equality and the Nordic Ministers for Gender Equality were early in calling for measures to prevent the coronavirus crisis from becoming a gender equality crisis. The gender dimension must also be taken into account in times of crisis.
The aim of this project is to contribute to the sharing of knowledge and experience between the Nordic countries concerning the effects of the pandemic on gender equality and to identify Nordic actors working with these issues. By learning from each other, the Nordic countries can become better equipped now and when faced with future crises. The publication “Effects of COVID-19 on gender equality – Knowledge and initiatives in the Nordic countries” has been produced within the terms of reference of that project. This publication summarises what we know and brings together the Nordic countries’ gender equality initiatives and measures in relation to the pandemic. In focus are areas such as domestic violence (violence in intimate partner relationships), the economy and working life, and mental health. NIKK will continue to monitor and work with issues related to the effects of the pandemic on gender equality during 2021.
Susanna Young Håkansson