Government Offices of Sweden

ICMEO – International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities in Stockholm

Sweden arranged the 4th International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities, ICMEO, in order to keep the international focus on issues of men and gender equality. ICMEO was held in Stockholm on 15-16 May 2018. The Swedish Minister for Gender Equality, Lena Hallengren, hosted the conference with international high level participants also being featured in the programme.

Responsible ministers
Lena Hallengren
Responsible ministries
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
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Lena Hallengren, Minister for Gender Equality
Lena Hallengren, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality. Photo:Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

Why a conference on men and equal opportunities?

"If we want to achieve real change towards a gender equal society, men have to be engaged, show solidarity and participate in the process. The conference will explore perspectives on men and equal opportunities in fields such as education, health and violence prevention. Do not miss this opportunity to exchange knowledge and practices with experts, politicians, and practioners from a wide range of countries, institutions and organisations." Lena Hallengren, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden

Jeff Hearn, senior professor in gender studies at Örebro University, Sweden.
Jeff Hearn, senior professor in gender studies at Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University

“Young men are viewed as either the victims or the problems”

The involvement and activism among young men need to be highlighted in the work of promoting equality. This is said by Jeff Hearn, senior professor in gender studies at Örebro University, Sweden. He has researched men and masculinity for 40 years and is one of the keynote speakers at the ICMEO conference.

Illustration for sub-target Equal education.
A two day conference on men and gender equality with both plenary and parallell workshop sessions. Illustration: Annika Carlsson

Focus and background

The 4th ICMEO conference in Stockholm was focusing on change of social norms and stereotypes as ways to strengthen focus on men and boys and their role in gender equality politics and efforts.