Men and Gender Equality in the Nordics and South Africa
28 November 2016
The four Nordic Embassies in Pretoria (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) are launching a social media campaign on “Men and gender equality in the Nordics and South Africa” from November 25 to December 10. The joint social media campaign hopes to encourage a positive dialogue on gender equality in South Africa. It aims to challenge existing gender norms and underline the prominent role men play, or should play, in promoting gender equality.
The campaign can be followed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram through the hashtag #GenderNordicsSA. The campaign links to the global campaign on 16 days of activism against gender based violence and it will culminate in a seminar on Men and gender equality on December 8 2016
The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – share the common belief that gender equality is a crucial element in establishing a just and equal society for everyone. A country’s society, its economy and citizens can thrive only if both men and women have equal access to rights and opportunities across all sectors. In the Nordics, a constant strive for gender equality influences all levels of society – from policy making and public services to behaviors and mentalities.
While challenges remain, the Nordics have managed to create a climate of change where both men and women are less limited by traditional gender roles in the private as well as public sphere. We think this is also possible in South Africa, a nation which promotes non-violence, and whose constitution ensures non-discrimination and gender equality.
The purpose of the campaign is to inspire men to actively participate in the discussion around gender equality and to reflect upon their own engagement, fatherhood, masculinity and position in society.
Nordic Embassies in South Africa