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
  • How do we change social norms?

    Filmed interviews with Swedens Minister for Gender Equality, Lena Hallengren, Virginija Langbakk, Director European Institute for Gender Equality, and Shanga Aziz, founder and president of Locker Room Talk.

Lena Hallengren, Minister for Gender Equality, and Shanga Aziz, founder and president of Locker Room Talk.
Lena Hallengren, Minister for Gender Equality, and Shanga Aziz, founder and president of Locker Room Talk. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Regeringskansliet

The role and responsibility of men and boys in gender equality in focus

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. Swedens Minister for Gender Equality opened the conference.

Lopa Banerjee, Civil Society Division, UN Women and Lena Ag, Director General, the Swedish Gender Equality Agency.
Lopa Banerjee, Civil Society Division, UN Women and Lena Ag, Director General, the Swedish Gender Equality Agency. Photo: Jöran Fagerlund/Swedish Gender Equality Agency

The Swedish Gender Equality Agency

The conference in Stockholm was arranged in cooperation with the Swedish Gender Equality Agency and has previously been held in Germany (2012), Austria (2014) and Luxembourg (2016).

A panel discussing the Me too-movement.
#Me too - What do men have to do with it? Experiences, responses and perspectives from Nordic Civil Society. Photo: Henrik Montomery/Government Offices of Sweden

Take part of the programme

The theme of this year's conference was 'Masculinity and norm critical approaches: Gender equality work with boys and young men'. Perspectives on men and gender equality were examined in areas such as education, health and prevention of violence.

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.