Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, 18-19 November 2009


Drude Dahelrup, Reykjavik

The project Gender and Power in the Nordic countries was presented at a conference in Reykjavik, the 18-19 November 200, an initiative made by the Nordic Gender Equality Ministers. It is the first of its kind to map and compare the gender composition of top positions both in politics and in business in the Nordic countries and the autonomous territories. A total of 20 researchers studied the development in ‘position power’ of women and men over the last 15 years. The research was conducted by the Nordic Gender Institute (NIKK) on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Drude Dahlerup’s article Kvinder i nordisk politik – en stadig fremgangssaga? (Women in Nordic politics – a steady success story?) and Christina Alnevall’s Kön och politisk makt i Sverige (Gender and political power in Sweden) are two of the articles in this report. The two volumes will be published online and are soon available here.

Amman, Jordan, October 2009

Drude Dahlerup gave a speech on “”The use of different gender quotas in Arab politics” at the iKNOWpolitics conference on “The role of media and technology in increasing the number and effectiveness of women in politics”, Amman, Jordan October 27-28, 2009. Politicians, journalists, and NGOs working in the Arab countries participated in this conference. At a meeting in the Jordanian parliament, led by the speaker of the House of Representatives, M. Abdulhadi Al Majali, iKNOWpolitics launched the new Arab version of its popular web site, which now appears in English, French, Spanish and Arabic ( The iKNOWpolitics partners are International IDEA, NDI, UNDP and UNIFEM.

Seoul, October 2009

Lenita Freidenvall was a guest speaker at the conference Visions and Challenges for A Women Friendly City, 21-24 October 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was organized by the 2nd Metropolis Women International Network Forum in cooperation with Seoul Metropolitan Government, and it gathered more than 1.000 female decision-makers in city governments and women’s activists from all over the world. The key note speech was given by Ms. Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary General. 

Geneva, September 2009

Drude Dahlerup was a guest speaker at a meeting of the 4th Annual Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva on 29 September 2009, which addressed the theme 'Is parliament open to women? An appraisal.' There were many women and even some male parliamentarians present from most countries in the world - all of them are Chairs or members of their own parliament's Equality Committee or Women's Rights Committee.

The fascinating discussion centred on quotas and other strategies for opening up parliaments, on the challenges faced by women inside Parliament, and on how to facilitate gender-sensitive parliaments. She reports that it was heartening to meet one of the first four women ever elected to parliament in Kuwait – terrifically strong woman – and a wise male leader of the equality committee in the Kenyan parliament. Less heartening was the feminist-hating male parliamentarian from a tiny European country (no prizes for guessing!). Documents available on

Warsaw, June 2009

Lenita Freidenvall was a guest speaker and moderator at a Roundtable on Women’s Participation in Political Parties organized by OSCE-ODIHR (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) 23-24 June, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. Forty decision-makers from all over Europe and from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Georgia and the Ukraine met to review general legislative and policy trends as well as political party practices in promoting women’s participation in politics and to focus on identifying key challenges and lessons learnt for legislators and advocates in this field.  Ms. Violeta Neubauer, Member of the UN CEDAW Committee gave an intervention on the international commitments and standards on gender-balanced participation in political decision-making.