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Ministers initiate research on sexual harassment at work

The Nordic Council of Ministers supports joint research on sexual harassment at work with 3,7 million Danish crowns. The initiative is especially focused on prevention and methods for intervention through industry studies and comparative studies of different industries.

Violence, harassment and other forms of vulnerability at work are major societal challenges with serious consequences for individuals and workplace organisations. At the same time there are major gaps in our knowledge about methods for preventing and stopping violence and harassment, protecting victims and being proactive in workplace environments. 

The picture shows a portrait of Thomas Blomqvist
Thomas Blomqvist, Chairman for the Nordic gender equality and LGBTI cooperation

" Although our awareness about sexual harassment has increased in recent years, the phenomenon has by no means disappeared. Research and evidence-based knowledge has an important role in developing new and effective measures to combat sexual harassment, says Thomas Blomqvist, Finnish Minister for Gender Equality and Nordic Co-operation and newly appointed Chairman for the Nordic gender equality and LGBTI cooperation. This is an extremely important issue, where Nordic cooperation and exchange of knowledge can bring great added value.”

This is a cross-sectoral research initiative jointly with several sectors within the Nordic cooperation. The collaborative sectors are gender equality, culture, working life and the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People. Further sectors may be added at a later date.  

Objectives for the initiative

The overarching objectives of the initiative are: 

  • To contribute towards new knowledge on sexual harassment at work in the Nordic countries, with a focus on preventive measures and intervention methods. 
  • To contribute towards a good knowledge base for policy development and to cross-sectoral Nordic collaboration. 
  • For the research to be of high academic quality, practice-based and well communicated. 
  • To be relevant to the collaborative sectors involved, for affected industries and for the working life actors 

The research initiative spans over 2021 – 2023 and is administered by Nordic Information on Gender, NIKK, a cooperative body under the Nordic Council of Ministers, placed at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research. Two calls will be made during 2021.

On the NIKK website you can read more about the initiative and sign up for updates