The Labour Market of Tomorrow – a Nordic Conference on Gender Equality in the Labour Market, in Oslo on 7 and 8 February 2017

Participation in the labour market and the opportunity to provide for oneself is a prerequisite for gender equality. Gender equality in the labour market is a particular focus during Norway’s presidency. Norway hosted a major Nordic conference on gender equality in the labour market: The Future of Employment  – Nordic Conference on Gender Equality in the Labour Market, to be held in Oslo on 7 and 8 February 2017.

About the Conference

Dates: Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February 2017
Location: Thon Hotel Bristol, Oslo, Norway 

Representatives from labour unions and employer organisations, centres of expertise and academia, civil society, government administration and politicians, came together to discuss gender equality in the labour market, including:

  • How can we reach our goal of gender equality in the labour market?
  • Is gender equality in the labour market a responsibility for management?
  • How can we increase the participation of women with an immigrant background in the labour market?
  • How can we break free from traditional gender-based educational and career choices?
  • How can we encourage increased gender equality in the labour market internationally?

To answer these and many other questions, politicians, business leaders, labour organisations, researchers and representatives of civil society were invited.

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Participants

Solveig Horne

Solveig Horne

Minister of Children and Equality

Kristin Skogen Lund

Kristin Skogen Lund

Director General of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)

Aslak Bonde

Aslak Bonde

Journalist and moderator

Steen Baagøe Nielsen

Steen Baagøe Nielsen

Research Professor in Gender Studies at Roskilde University

Anniken Hauglie

Anniken Hauglie

Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Hanne Bjurstrøm

Hanne Bjurstrøm

Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman

Petter Stordalen

Petter Stordalen

Owner and Chairman of Nordic Choice Hotels

Laila Bokhari

Laila Bokhari

State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Gerd Kristiansen

Gerd Kristiansen

President of Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)

Anne Grosvold

Anne Grosvold

Journalist and moderator

The conference is a collaboration between the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Norwegian Ministry for Children and Equality, the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.

Programme Tuesday 7 Februay

Moderator: Aslak Bonde

From 11:00 Registration and coffee

12:00 Opening Address

  • Musical performance by the band Bendik
  • Welcome by Solveig Horne, Minister of Children and Equality

12:30 How do we reach gender equality in the labour market?

  • Status of Gender Equality in Employment in the Nordic Countries – Current Challenges and How to Meet Them
    Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D., Writer and former Lecturer at Copenhagen Business School
  • Women and men at the top of the business world in a comparative perspective. Norway and USA. Launch of CORE’s Executive Management Barometer
    Sigtona Halrynjo, Research Professor, CORE, Norwegian Institute for Social Research
  • How can labour unions and employer organisations improve diversity in recruitment?
    Sofa discussion led by Anne Grosvold. Participants: Cecilie Flatum, Partner, Deloitte; Solveig Hellebust, Group Executive Vice President, DNB; Petter Stordalen, Owner and Chairman of Nordic Choice Hotels; Idar Kreutzer, Administrative Director for Finance Norway; Anne Marit Panengstuen, CEO, Siemens

14:00 Lunch

15:00 How can we develop from inequality to equality in the labour market?

  • What is it Like to be a Father in 2017?
    Sondre Bjaberg, preschool teacher, author of children’s books and father of three
  • Is Gender Equality in the Labour Market a Responsibility for the Labour Organisations, Employer Organisations and Politicians?
    Sofa discussion, led by Anne Grosvold. Participants: Solveig Horne, Minister of Children and Equality; Gerd Kristiansen, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO); Kristin Skogen Lund, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and Arild Stokkan-Grande, The Labour Party’s Representative in the Storting’s Standing Committee on Family and Cultural Affairs
  • Looking ahead: Changes to the labour market and gender equality
    Mari Teigen, Director of the Centre for Research on Gender Equality (CORE), Norwegian Institute for Social Research


17:15 Session closes

17:30 Reception with tapas

Programme Wednesday 8 February, 9:00 to 11:30

From 08:30 Registration and coffee

Parallel session 1: Strengthening the Participation of Women with an Immigrant Background in the Labour Market

Moderator: Jan-Paul Brekke

  • Opening address
    Anniken Hauglie, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
  •  How can we increase the participation of women with an immigrant background in in the labour market?
    Anne Britt Djuve, Research Director, Fafo
  • Good recruitment is equal recruitment
    Hanne Bjurstrøm, Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman
  • Where in the labour market are women with immigrant backgrounds?
    Professor Paulina de los Reyes, Stockholm University
  • Does Equality contribute to Success? The History of geoSilica
    Fida Abu Kibdeh, CEO, geoSilica
  • How can we Promote Opportunities for International Talented Women in Norway?
    Loveleen Rihel Brenna, CEO, Seema

Parallel session 2: Breaking Free from Traditional Gender-Based Choice of Education and Career

Moderator: Liza Reisel, Head of Gender Research at the Institute for Social Research

  • Opening comments by Solveig Horne, Minister of Children and Equality
  • How can we Inspire Girls to Choose an Education Within the Field of Technology?
    Sunniva Rose, Doctoral Student in Nuclear Physics at the University of Oslo
  • 100 opportunities instead of 2
    Kristina Henkel, Writer
  • The Value of Men in Female-Dominated Professions
    Steen Baagøe Nielsen, Lecturer, Roskilde University
  • Men in Health
    Eli Sogn Iversen, Project Leader, Men in Health
  • Gender Equality in Practice: What Works?
    Discussion, led by Liza Reisel. Participants: Kristina Henkel, Steen Baagøe Nielsen and Eli Sogn Iversen.

Programme Wednesday 8 February, 12:30 to 15:50

Moderator: Gro Lindstad

Opening comments: Solveig Horne, Minister of Children and Equality

  • The Global Status of Women in the Labour Market
    Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey
  • How can labour organisations and employer organisations facilitate for women to find a place in the labour market?
    Peggy Hessen Følsvik, First Confederal Secretary, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), and Kristina Jullum Hagen, Head of Department, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)
  • How can Norwegian Development Policy and Foreign Policy Contribute To Increase Employment Among Women?
    Laila Bokhari, State Secretary for The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • How can Norway Contribute with Promoting Women’s Participation in the Labour Market?
    Panel discussion, led by Gro Lindstad. Participants: Katja Christina Nordgaard, Head of Section for Economic and Commercial Affairs, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Professor Anne Hellum, University of Oslo; Arne Backer Grønningsæter, Senior Researcher, Fafo; Emil André Erstad, Agenda; Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, CEO, Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative.