Gender, Education and Population Flows

Summary report on knowledge, cross-Nordic experiences and examples from practice

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During the Danish Presidency for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, attention was drawn towards challenges and best practice examples in relation to gender, education and population flows in peripheral areas throughout the Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the autonomous countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The present report summarises the findings and conclusions which are covered in the existing Nordic research and literature within the field, as well as the experience and professional responses, which were presented during the course of the common dialogue and exchange of experience.

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Ideas for policy makers and other stakeholders plus selected examples from practice

In the previous section, we have presented a summary of the issues which existing research and literature in this field has previously identified as being of importance. We will now take this a step further and, based on the cross-Nordic dialogue and knowledge-sharing, present how this knowledge can potentially be translated into action, for example in relation to establishing national education policies or implementing initiatives within each of the Nordic countries. As part of the cross-Nordic dialogue and knowledge-sharing, various topics and focus areas were highlighted where it was considered not only possible but also feasible to focus on national/regional/municipal/local development from a gender perspective. Drawing attention to such focus areas could potentially affect young peoples’ experience of room for manoeuvre in relation to choice of education, occupation and where to live, and thus help address some of the challenges faced by the peripheral areas. The exposition below is based on the identification of five themes, all containing specific gender issues in relation to education, work, recreation, population flows and identity in the Nordic region’s peripheral/remote areas. For each theme, suggestions for action as well as practical examples are provided. These are summarized on the basis of what came to light during the cross-Nordic dialogue and exchange of experiences.

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