The people in the Circumpolar North do not all enjoy the same health. There are substantial disparities among countries and regions, and within regions among population subgroups, particularly between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. The main gap in knowledge includes the health and wellbeing of both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples in the Russian Arctic (especially those living in cities), the health and wellbeing of Sámi in the Nordic countries, and accidents and domestic violence across the Circumpolar North. Sustainable human development builds on strong basic education, sustainable work, and well-functioning health and social services.

The session CHANGING QUALITY OF LIFE: Women, Men and Health will discuss the health of women and men in the Arctic Region from an indigenous and non-indigenous gender equality perspective.


Eva Biaudet, MP, Parliament of Finland


Women, Men and Health in the Arctic
Natalia Kukarenko
Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU), Arkhangelsk, Russia

Young Sámi Men and Health in the Arctic
Ketil Lenert Hansen
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Arctic University of Norway

Health Services for Women and Men in the Arctic - Is it Equal? Challenges in implementing Istanbul Convention
Eygló Harðardóttir
Project Manager, 2nd Stage-project, Kvennaathvarf - Women's Shelter Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Questions to be discussed are:

  • What are the challenges to get good health services in the Arctic Region?
  • How to work with gender and Indigenous stereotypes within the health sector in order to get better health care?
  • Why women think they are sick and men that they are healthy?
  • How to combine traditional health knowledge with the health care system of our societies in the Arctic Region?
  • Whose responsibility it is to promote health issues? Is it the responsibility of the institutions as schools, etc. or is it the responsibility of the NGOs, as different health promoting organisations or the individuals?
  • Why is violence in close relationships a health issue?