Programme for ICMEO in Stockholm 2018

A two day Conference, 15-16 May in Stockholm, on men and gender equality with both plenary and parallell workshop sessions. The registration for the Conference is now open.

Facilitator: Catarina Rolfsdotter

Day I: Tuesday 15 May

PLENARY SESSIONS
12.00 Light lunch is served. Counters, exhibition and information desks open.

13.00 Introduction: Challenging norms, changing ways – what remains to be done?

Åsa Regnér. Minister for gender equality, Sweden
Shanga Aziz, founder and president of Locker Room Talk

13.20-13.30 Key note: What's up with young men and masculinity?
Jeff Hearn, Senior Professor, Örebro University, Sweden

13.30 – 14.10 Panel: Men and Equal Opportunities – what results are in sight and what are the responsibilities of European leaders to get there?

o Åsa Regnér, Minister for gender equality, Sweden
o Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Health and Minister for Equal Opportunities, Luxemburg
o Martina Vuk, State Secretary, MINISTRY OF LABOUR, FAMILY, SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, Slovenia
o Marlène Schiappa, the Secretary of State in charge of Equality between Women and Men, France (tbc)
o Petkov Biser, Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Bulgaria (tbc)
o The German Minister for Gender Equality (t.b.c.)

14.10 – 14.30 Interactive exercise

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 –15.45 Panel: How to turn boys and young men into actors of change using a norm-critical approach?

o Lena Ag, General Director, National Agency for gender equality
o Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women (tbc)
o Ben Hurst, IMAGINE, United Kingdom
o Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality
o Markus Theunert, Männer.ch, Switzerland
o Frank Berglund, chair, Swedish Youth Federation for LGBTQ Rights

15.45 – 16.15 Short film and interactive exercise

16.15 – 17.15 Introduction to workshop themes

Challenging norms through education
Luis Lineo & Lena Wallquist, MÄN and Johan Gyberg, National Agency for Education

Young men, caregiving and health
Love Nordenmark & Magnus Jacobson, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and Anna-ChuChu Schindele, Public Health Agency of Sweden

Stereotypical norms of masculinity a cause of violence
Klas Hyllander and rrpresentative from Swedish Agency for Gender Equality

17.15 – 17.30 Wrapping up & expectations on tomorrow

Day II: Wednesday 16 May

WORKSHOP SESSIONS
09.00 – 13.00 Parallel workshops

Theme I: Challenging norms through education
1. Norm critical work in schools (MÄN)
2. Promote equality through education (Swedish National Agency for Education)

Theme II: Young men, caregiving and health
3. Masculinity and caregiving (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions)
4. Young men and sexual and reproductive health and rights (Public Health Agency of Sweden)

Theme III: Stereotypical norms of masculinity a cause of violence
5. Barbershop dealing with masculinity and trafficking of human beings for sexual purposes
6. Nordic work with violence prevention among young men (and honour-related violence) (Swedish Agency for Gender Equality)

13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH

PLENARY SESSIONS
14.00 – 15.00 Open lecture: Civic society work with young men and masculinity from a Nordic perspective

15.00 – 15.20 Coffee break

15.25 – 16.00 Nordic and Baltic answers in addressing challenges concerning young men and masculinities.

o Åsa Regnér, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden
o Karen Ellemann, Minister of Gender Equality, Denmark
o Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour, Estonia
o Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, The Nordic Council of Ministers
+ other minister colleagues from the Nordic and Baltic region.

16.00 – 16.10 Closing remarks by Åsa Regnér, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden

Introduction to parallell workshops (only can be selected):

1. Norm critical work in schools
How can stereotypical norms be challenged and which are the experiences from successful norm critical work? What are the positive gains of gender-transformative work in schools? This workshop introduces practical and innovative examples of methods to challenge gender norms, preventing violence and strengthening gender equality in schools. Through presentations, exercises and sharing of knowledge and experiences, participants will learn more through best practises.
Host: MÄN

2. Promote equality through education
Using an (authentic) school case, this workshop aims to show the importance of a strategic and systematic approach to promote equality through education. This workshop focuses on the main success factors for equal rights and opportunities in education. The importance of legislation, policy and school curriculum in the proactive work within teaching will also be addressed.

3. Masculinity and caregiving
Due to ageing populations, the western welfare states are facing critical challenges in finding adequate staffing for nursing and caring services provided to citizens. Attracting more men to traditionally female professions is a key strategy to meet this challenge. How can public employers work strategically and practically to get young men more interested in care professions? And how can we develop a constructive approach to encourage boys and young men to challenge norms in career choices – and the fundamental norms of masculinity?

4. Young men and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)
How can we reach boys and men when it comes to sexual and reproductive health and rights and sexuality education (SRHR)? And how can professionals overcome stereotypical power structures that counteract development? This workshop explores why gender equality and norm-critical approaches are needed. It will also give examples of best practices in the school system, the social service, the health care system as well as in the digital arena.

5. Barbershop dealing with masculinity and trafficking of human beings for sexual purposes

This workshop method, Barbershop, has been initiated by Iceland as a platform to engage men from all sectors of society in the joint effort towards gender equality through rallying men and boys to commit to upholding gender equality and change the discourse among their peers. This workshop addresses trafficking of human beings for sexual purposes. Trafficking of human beings is a gendered problem, both in terms of the situation of the victim and the perception of the victim and the perpetrator. The aim is to increase awareness and engagement of men against trafficking for sexual purposes. The seminar will also raise the #MeToo campaign on social media and how men and boys can prevent sexual harassment andviolence against women and girls.

6. Nordic work with violence prevention among young men including honour-related violence

To prevent sexual harassment and violence against women and girls, actions to reach boys and young men must be taken on an early stage. Boys and young men need knowledge and an active role in preventing gender based violence. This workshop presents methods and programs developed in Nordic countries to prevent gender based violence focusing on boys and young men. Prevention of honour-related violence will also be raised. Join this discussion with representatives from agencies, the academy as well as the civil society on what can be done in schools, civil services and counselling work.