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Parental leave, Care Policies and Gender Equalities in the Nordic Countries

Conference arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers 21–22 October 2009, Reykjavik, Iceland

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What family forms are recognised in established Nordic and welfare policies? Which family values and parental models should be given political priority in a multi-ethnical society? Would part-time leave be ideal from a gender equality perspective? These were some of the questions raised at the conference ‘Parental Leave, Care Policies & Gender Equalities in the Nordic Countries’ in Reykjavik on 22 October 2009. The conference was arranged by the Centre of Gender Equality in Iceland on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Security during the Icelandic presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers. Researchers presented their preliminary results, compared the differences between the Nordic countries and discussed how we reach the goal of a gender-equality, friendly welfare state with reconciliation between personal and professional life where we serve the needs of men, women and children. The report contains notes from the conference, speeches, workshop discussions and links to PowerPoint presentations.

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Child care policies – Is there a Nordic model of day care for children?

The conference presentation focused on the policies of Nordic child care, presenting the historical development and present day situation and the overall differences and similarities among Nordic countries in policy instruments and combinations thereof. The Nordic countries were compared to other OECD and EU-27 countries in the search for the Nordic model of child care. The presentation showed that even though there are important similarities among the Nordic countries there are also quite big policy differences; in particular the countries have chosen different policies on care support for younger children.

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