The focus of the interdisciplinary session is the elaboration of compulsory education institutions and pedagogical practices in the Arctic and its current challenges from a point of view of gender equality and other intersecting social categories. Session address issues related especially, but not exclusively to compulsory educational institutions in the Arctic.

Nordic countries are acknowledged as forerunners in gender equality initiatives. During the past few years, the question of gender equality in schools and preschools received increasing attention especially in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. Reason for this lies in the overall gender equality policy development in Nordic societies. Gender Equality Laws have been updated in an aim to cover better gender equality and equity in schools. Also, it is seen crucial in European education system to sensitise young people to gender equality and to combat gender stereotypes, sexism and gender-based violence early on and at the same time they are fundamental to support and promote social and professional empowerment. How about Arctic?

The session invites contributions to further analysis on intersectional gender equality mainstreaming in compulsory education in the Arctic. Presentations may relate on intersectional gender equality politics and policy analysis; the elaboration of indicators for gender equality in compulsory education; the structural analysis of organizational practices, processes and resources related to gender equality e.g. gender equality plans. Gender equality may be approached through focusing on the supporting or challenging frames of equality - including the questions e.g. of participation, capabilities, leadership as well as segregation, exclusion and discrimination.