The Round Table session will discuss the establishing of a network of experts in the field of gender equality. The purpose of a network is to promote and expand the dialogue on gender equality in the Arctic region to secure a flow of information on gender equality policy to increase effectiveness and avoid overlapping of activites and work. The focus of this session is to inspire the Arctic Council to include gender equality perspective all their work, activities and projects. The idea of a network for experts on gender equality in the Arctic region was introduced at the conference Gender Equality in the Arctic arranged in Akureyri, Iceland in 2014.

Networks, researchers and experts are invited to discuss how a network of experts can promote the dialogue on gender equality in the Arctic region.

Moderator: Annamari Asikainen, Senior Specialist, Gender Equality Unit, Ministry of Social Affairs, Finland

Invited interventions to the Round Table:

Arja Rautio, Co-Chair of the Arctic Human Health Expert Group of Arctic Council, Research Professor of the Arctic University, University of Oulu, Finland
Eva-Maria Svensson, Gender Equality in the Arctic TUARQ, Professor, Department of Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Embla Eir Oddsdottir,  Director, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN)

Comments: Tuuli Ojala, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Questions to be discussed:

  • What forms of networks are most effective?
  • What is needed for fruitful cooperation?
  • Is there a need for a joint umbrella network on Gender Equality in the Arctic for researchers and activists?
  • Who could best facilitate a Gender Equality in the Arctic network?
  • Is there need for financial support?