Nordic conference on Parental Leave, Care Policies & Gender Equalities

The Centre for Gender Equality and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security will be hosting a Nordic conference on Parental leave, Care Policies and Gender Equalities. The conference will be held on October 22 in Reykjavik, at the Radisson SAS Hotel Saga. Many countries have shown interest in the development of Nordic care policies. Nordic welfare systems are known for ensuring social security for all, with special emphasis on families with children. Although the Nordic countries have much in common, individual nations have chosen different ways to support parents.

Results from a research project into parental leave in the Nordic countries will be presented at the conference. The research looks at how parental leave is used in the Nordic countries and how it affects health, the relationship between parents and children and the status of men and women in the labor market. The research project is headed by Dr. Ingólfur V. Gíslason and Dr. Guðný Björk Eydal.

The conference will be held in the English language.
Registration is on line

The programme

8:30 – 9:00
Arrival and workshop registration

9:00 – 9:15
Iceland Minister’s address: Árni Páll Árnason, Minister for Social Affairs and Social Security


9:15 – 9:20
Welcome: Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Director of the Centre for Gender Equality

9:20 – 10:20
Keynote address: Dr. Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of City University of New York and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study. The title of her presentation is: Gender Equality: Transforming Family Divisions of Labor

10:20 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 11:15
Address 1: Johanna Lammi-Taskula and Ann-Zofie Duvander, Parental leave use in the Nordic countries – Nordic mothers and fathers on leave: towards equal sharing

11:15 – 11:45
Address 2: Ingólfur V. Gíslason, Parental leave and gender pay gap – What, if any, are the effects of different systems of parental leave on gender pay gap?

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch at Hotel Saga

12:45 – 13:15
Address 3: Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard, Child care policies – Is there a Nordic model of day care for children?

13:15 –13:45
Address 4: Berit Brandth, What is best for the children? – Care policies in a child perspective

13:45 – 15:15 Four thematic workshops:

1. Parental leave use in the Nordic countries
2. Parental leave and gender pay gap
3. Child care policies
4. What is best for the children?

All workshops will begin with an address from a representative from NIKK (Nordisk Institutt for Kunnskap om Kjønn), followed by delineation by a specialist. Discussions will then continue led by a workshop coordinator
Note: Coffee and light refreshments will be provided in the workshops

15:30 – 16:30 Workshop findings and panel discussion led by Ingólfur V. Gíslason

16:30 – 17:30 Reception