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Gender perspective on green jobs in the Nordic region

Gendered educational choices, gender-segregated labor market and the distribution of care work in the Nordics. Those and other issues are discussed in relation to a on green jobs and social sustainability in a new report from NIKK, Nordic information on Gender.

Jubilee 25 years

During the years 2020-2022, NIKK has produced reports on topics such as the labor market and gendered study choices as well as sustainable development. NIKK has now gathered parts of the results from the reports in a publication that highlights how issues of gendered educational choices and gender-segregated labor market, norms on skills and distribution of care work are related to the transition to green jobs. Among other things, it shows how relevant issues can be drawn from several different areas of society, and that a gender perspective is required for the green transition to be sustainable.  

Jimmy Sand
Jimmy Sand, Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research
Photo: Natalie Greppi

‘Climate policies tend to create more jobs in the field of technology, while at the same time increasing the workload of households. If you want to make job investments for the climate and at the same time break the gender-segregated labor market, you need to challenge the norms and values that affect the development of society’, says Jimmy Sand, writer of the report and analyst at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research. 

The publication highlights and discusses the challenges of the green transition based on five thematic approaches: Talent management and education systems, interventions to break down gender segregation, gender labelling of technology and of sustainability, academic norms and workplace culture and social sustainability, welfare systems and the significance of place. The results are also summarized in twenty key messages. 

NIKK, Nordic Information on Gender, is a cooperation body under the Nordic Council of Ministers, placed at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg.