This newsletter brings updates from three web portals on gender research, gender equality and gender politics in Norway. It is issued every six weeks by KILDEN Information Centre for Gender Research in Norway.
NEWS FROM GENDER BALANCE IN RESEARCH – NORWAY
Humanities cutbacks hit women
More and more humanities fields are being discontinued at Norwegian universities. Many of them are popular with female students. Gerd Bjørhovde, chair of the KIF Committee, is worried about this trend.
Men in the minority
For generations it was usually the men who became doctors, psychologists and dentists. Now it is different. Today there are so few men applying to professional studies in medicine, psychology and dentistry that the University of Oslo is considering giving them preferential treatment.
NEWS FROM KILDEN INFORMATION CENTRE FOR GENDER RESEARCH IN NORWAY
Hit by the baby blues
Many Norwegian women postpone pregnancy until they have completed their education and are well established on their career path. This may make them more vulnerable to postpartum depression.
Martyrs on Facebook
Can a woman be a genuine martyr? Is it a compliment to say to a woman that she is "equal to a thousand men"? Feminist activists in Iran are waging an ideological war on Facebook.
Norse gods in a crusade for Europe
Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist, called the gun he used to carry out the killings "Mjolner", named after the norse god Thor's hammer. He also claims to be an "Odinist". According to theology professor Jone Salomonsen, neopaganism is usually associated with New Age spirituality and the left wing, but right-wing extremists also draw on pre-Christian religion to build alternative power.
NEWS GATHERED AT GENDER IN NORWAY
Effective sanctions make Norway's quota law a success
The law on quotas is the most efficient measure to improve the boardroom gender balance. "But the law should be followed up by effective sanctions and state measures which help stimulate the action." That is the advice from head of research Mari Teigen to other countries looking to legislate for quotas on company boards.
Read more at Nordic Labour Journal
Investing in women's health pays off
A new Norwegian-led research project is to identify the economic benefits of investing in women's health.
Read more at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
NEW PUBLICATIONS WITHIN GENDER RESEARCH
Is there a Nordic prostitution regime?
During the last fifteen years, several Nordic countries have implemented similar regimes to deal with prostitution. The ideological and empirical background for these policies however, is not the same.
A nationwide study of Norwegian beliefs about same-sex marriage and lesbian and gay parenthood
According to this article, the Norwegian, gender-neutral Marriage Law of 2009 is supported by a majority of Norwegians. However, out of concern for the welfare of children growing up in gay or lesbian families, there is less support for equal parenting rights.
Techologies of inclusion : gender in the information society
Knut H. Sørensen is one of the authors of this book on gender in a developing information society. One of the questions asked is what can be done to involve more women in using and designing information communication technologies.
Making gender matter in humanitarian operations
The UN has standards for taking gender issues in humanitarian operations into consideration. This review, written by Kristin S. Scharffscher, explores to what extent four UN-organisations integrate these standards in their work.
Women's magazines and their readers : experiences, identity and everyday life
Brita Ytre-Arne has studied women's magazine reading as a media experience with many dimensions. Looking at the phenomenon from a broad perspective, reading magazines can also help relate one's own life to society, Ytre-Arne writes.
Pregnant : healthy or sick? : "normal pregnancy complaints" and eligibility to protection
Eva Haukeland Fredriksen has studied social constructions of pregnancy as health or sickness. Her work indicates that workplace and society in general often expect pregnant women with health problems to continue "business as usual", whereas the women themselves argue that rest and care are good coping strategies.
Trans rights as human rights - the implications for trans health(care)
08.05.2012 - 10.05.2012
This conference takes as its starting point the recent UN resolution that affirms human rights to trans persons and brings attention to human rights violations based on gender identity. The focus will be specifically on the healthcare context as a key space in which issues of rights, responsibilities and care are highlighted.