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The Nordic road towards Beijing+25

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In 2020, the global community marks the twenty-fifth anniver-sary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most visionary agenda for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. While the United Nations is undertaking and concluding a global review of the Beijing Platform for Action, this very report summarizes the five Nordic countries' Beijing+25 review reports. It takes stock of progress made thus far – the Nordic road towards Beijing+25. Importantly, the report points towards areas of opportunities for the Nordics – where the prospects for gender equality really lie: in the agency of young people, in intersectional approaches and mind-sets and in the engagement of men and boys in the making of gender equality.

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Emerging issues in the Nordic region

The development in the Nordic countries are showing positive trends in several areas related to gender equality: an increased proportion of women is full time paid work; the gender pay gap continues to narrow; and women have a high level of education. Even though the Nordic countries have come far, there are still a number of enduring challenges. Two areas identified as especially emerging are gender-based violence and gender equality in the labour market.

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