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Goal 5 - Gender equality

The School' research on equality between women and men deals with beliefs, notions and activities that directly or indirectly affect individual and societal conditions for a sustainable and peaceful development on equal terms for all. The research covers a wide range of issues such as sustainable urban planning, women's human rights, men's violence against women, freedom of expression, gender-aware design and gender equality and growth.

There are research on issues linked to gender equality at several of the School's departments and research centres. Methods and approaches change. The research is empirically driven as well as theory driven. The studies are conducted in several different ways, and many times they are done in collaboration with researchers in other disciplines at the School and other departments and centres at the University of Gothenburg and other universities in Sweden and the rest of the world.

It may be about examining urban planning from a gender perspective. Other examples are studies of differences in male and female behavior and how this affects the outcome for individuals and groups, male and female leadership, as well as discrimination and gender differences in working life and specifically within academia.

The connection between law and politics and how the law contributes to or opposes the ambitions of equality policy is a research area within law, but also the examination of equality policy itself. How effective the governance towards gender equality is in the public bilateral management of the Arctic in the Arctic Council is an example of such a study.

Example: Gender Equality in the Arctic

International collaborative project highlighting the importance of recognition and appreciation of diversity in terms of discourses, gender, indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, governance, education, economies, social realities, sustainability and balanced participation in leadership and decision making, both in the public and private sectors,

Equality aspects of freedom of expression are other issues that are studied. Does democracy and free speech benefit from strengthened constitutional protection for commercial communications or not? The issue of hate crimes against women has also been studied.

Example: Hate speech, gender, social networks and political parties (GENHA)

An European project with the general objective to identify and analyse how the hate speech against the ‘ideology of gender’ has been appropriated by extreme right political parties in Europe using the social networks and internet. It also aims to propose which type of legal and public policies the Member States and the European Union can implement to protect the human rights at stake.

Researchers: Eva-Maria Svensson and Moa Bladini, Juridiska institutionen

The research in the area is useful in other ways than contributing to knowledge development within the academy. Several of the researchers have been assigned for assignments and investigations of practical benefit to society.

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Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens.

Example of researchers

Department of Law

Moa Bladini

Wanna Svedberg Andersson

Eva-Maria Svensson


Department of economics

Eva Ranehill


Department of business administration

Nanna Gillberg