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Parental leave, Care Policies and Gender Equalities in the Nordic Countries

Conference arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers 21–22 October 2009, Reykjavik, Iceland

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What family forms are recognised in established Nordic and welfare policies? Which family values and parental models should be given political priority in a multi-ethnical society? Would part-time leave be ideal from a gender equality perspective? These were some of the questions raised at the conference ‘Parental Leave, Care Policies & Gender Equalities in the Nordic Countries’ in Reykjavik on 22 October 2009. The conference was arranged by the Centre of Gender Equality in Iceland on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security during the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Researchers presented their preliminary results, compared the differences between the Nordic countries and discussed how we reach the goal of a gender-equality, friendly welfare state with reconciliation between personal and professional life where we serve the needs of men, women and children. The report contains notes from the conference, speeches, workshop discussions and links to PowerPoint presentations.

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Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labour

Janet Gornick presented the highlights of her recent book, Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labour, co-authored with Marcia Meyers. In their book, part of the Real Utopias book series published by Verso Books, Gornick and Meyers propose a set of work-family reconciliation policies – paid family leave provisions, working time regulations, and early childhood education and care – designed to foster more egalitarian family divisions of labour by strengthening men’s ties at home and women’s attachment to paid work. In this new volume, their policy proposal is followed by a series of commentaries – both critical and supportive – from a group of scholars, many of whom raise questions about the possibility of unintended consequences. Gornick presented the core policy proposal and summarize the main critiques.

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