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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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What is best for the children? – Care policies in a child perspective

Convention on the Rights of the Child states that the best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration in matters affecting children. “The best interest of the child” is, however, a difficult concept which is marked by values, time and context. How is it handled in research? The contribution presented results from an ongoing inventory on Nordic research on parental leave and child care services that have dealt with the question of children’s well-being. Nations want their care policies to be informed by research, but studies using children’s perspective have been surprisingly scarce.

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