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New open call for proposals will combat gender-segregated labour market

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There are now funds to apply for Nordic co-operation projects aiming to combat gender segregation in the labour market. The Nordic Council of Ministers is responsible for the initiative. A total of DKK 4 million in funding will be distributed for up to four years to Nordic co-operation projects working for lasting change in this area.

This initiative is particularly urgent in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hard-hit industries, such as health care, education, and transport, are very gender-segregated. This means that women and men are being impacted unequally by loss of income and changes in demand for labour and in working conditions.

The Nordic Council of Ministers has distributed funds through the Nordic Gender Equality Fund since 2013, where the projects cover at least three Nordic countries. This is the first time a multi-year targeted call for proposals has been made. New for the targeted call is also that the projects must include actors from at least two different sectors. The purpose of the call is to contribute to a more sustainable working life that makes the best use of the potential of all people. If you are looking for project partners, you can participate in a digital information meeting on 15 September.

The targeted call for proposals is administered by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research through the co-operation body NIKK, Nordic Information for Knowledge on Gender.

Text by Josefine Alvunger 

Read more about the call and apply at the latest on October 16 on NIKK's website