Promising Nordic Practices on Gender Equality in Schools and Kindergarten

Project description

Nordic Gender Equality – Promising Practices is a collaboration network between Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. The network is coordinated by Gender Studies in the University of Oulu, Finland. The Nordic Gender Equality network received project funding from Nordic Council of Ministers at 2014 for mapping promising gender equality promotion practices at schools and kindergartens and at 2015 for piloting an e-learning education on intersectional gender equality training for teachers and principals.

During the past few years, the question of gender equality in schools and preschools has received a lot of attention especially in Nordic countries. Reason for this lies in the overall development in Nordic societies that has caused pressure to update Gender Equality Laws to cover equality and equity in schools as well as for educational professional to develop their practices. There is a need for practical knowledge of gender equality and diversity work at schools and kindergartens. Our projects on promising Nordic practices provides a strong support for intersectional gender equality work within schools and kindergartens and enhances Nordic competence building in this area. Practices in Nordic countries as well as within a country vary to a certain extent and we have a good opportunity to learn from each other.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project results

Publication: Promising Nordic Practices in Gender Equality Promotion in Basic Education and Kindergartens

Heikkinen Mervi (editor),
Authors: Mervi Heikkinen, Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oulu, Finland
Miia Heikkilä, Mälardalens Högskola, Sweden
Cecilie Nørgaard, Mangfold, Denmark
Ole Bredesen Nordfjell, Reform, Norway
Auður Magndís Auðardóttir and Bergljót Þrastardóttir, Iceland

© copyright University of Oulu and authors
ISBN: 978-952-62-1155-8
Oulun yliopiston kasvatustieteellisen tiedekunnan elektronisia julkaisuja 11
ISSN: 1455-8025



University of the Faroe Islands
Centre for Gender Equality in Iceland
Mälardalen University Sweden
Mangfold company Denmark
Reform the national knowledge centre for men and gender equality in Norway


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Mervi Heikkinen

University Researcher