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
"Many die from studying science"
When Solveig wanted to switch her major from English to natural science, the professor for the class was so distressed about getting yet another female student that he tried to scare her away. "It's so difficult. There are many who die," he said.
Wanted: More of the idealistic physicists
Physics has a reputation as being only for the stereotypical nerds. According to science education researcher Maria Vetleseter Bøe, that is unfortunate both for the field and for everyone who misses out on the chance to find out how much fun physics is.
Positive towards gender points
The question of whether gender points should be awarded to men who apply for female-dominated study programmes is a topic of much discussion these days. The KIF Committee has reviewed its arguments for and against introducing gender points and has issued a statement.
Researchers assume traditional gender roles
A new report shows that female researchers put themselves in a less advantageous position than their male colleagues. "This is a phenomenon that needs more research," says Research Director Cathrine Egeland.
NEWS FROM KILDEN INFORMATION CENTRE FOR GENDER RESEARCH IN NORWAY
Gender equality reduces violence
Gender equality in the family reduces the risk of violence by two-thirds. This is according to a new European study.
Antidote to anti-feminism
According to Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik's manifesto, the second wave of feminism that began in the 1970s has been a "protest against nothing" because there is no longer any real oppression of women. Senior Researcher Cathrine Holst refutes his claim.
The invisible child soldiers
In DR Congo, 30 to 40 percent of the child soldiers are girls. They experience more sexual abuse and stigmatization and they receive less help than the boy soldiers. In spite of this, the girls get far less attention from the international community.
NEWS GATHERED AT GENDER IN NORWAY
Agreement reached in Rio+20 negotiations
"We are pleased that equitable economic growth is a recurrent theme throughout the outcome document. And it conveys a strong message on promoting gender equality." This was commented by Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås after the UN member states delegations had agreed on a draft outcome document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.
Read more at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sick leave before, during and after pregnancy
A new study shows that sick leave during the pregnancy of the woman's first child, compared with before pregnancy for the same woman, has increased substantially in Norway during the period 1995–2008.
Read more at Statistics Norway
Empowerment of women, economic growth and development
"Strengthening women's empowerment is a high-return investment in better health – for women themselves, but also for their families and for society as a whole," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre in his keynote address at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Read more at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
NEW PUBLICATIONS WITHIN GENDER RESEARCH
Transitions to parenthood in Europe : a comparative life course perspective
This book examines the ways in which working parents in seven European countries negotiate the transition to parenthood and attempt to find a 'work-life balance'.
Majority-minority relations in contemporary women's movements : strategic sisterhood
How have relations between ethnic majority and minority women's movements in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom developed and how are they being talked about by movement activists? This book shows that a complex picture of conflict and disunity, as well as strategic sisterhood alliance, characterize the relationships.
Norma 1.2012. Sexography
Young men's purchase of sex in Buenos Aires and negotiations of heterosexuality in Swedish hip hop. These are some of the themes in this issue of Norma, which focuses on sexuality and masculinity around the world.
Understanding and proving international sex crimes
This volume addresses the gap between international standard-setting prohibiting international sex crimes and actual accountability for individuals who are responsible for such crimes.
Invisible girl : "Ceci n'est pas une fille"
This anthology combines research and artwork to explore whether contemporary images of and research about girls reflect the girls' own views of their reality or whether they should rather be interpreted as images of it. 40 researchers and artists from 15 countries have contributed to the volume.
Teaching "race" with a gendered edge
This book discusses examples of the intersections of race and gender from different localities in Europe and beyond. It provides readers with a rich body of resources and teaching material.
Understanding self-harm : perceptions, intentions and the role of gender
Melanie Straiton explores the gender socialisation perspective of suicidal and self-harming behaviour in her thesis. She finds that self-harm is not associated with the feminine gender role per se, but with particular negative aspects that relate to anxiety and an over-reliance on others.
6th Congress of the European Society on Family Relation
26.09.2012 - 29.09.2012
Demographic changes, along with the current economic crisis and increased migration, raise new questions and research interests concerning family practices, family policy, relatedness, family crisis and intervention. Speakers representing a wide range of disciplines address these issues at the congress.