Contemporary Issues of Gender in the Arctic

Organized by the Northern Research Forum, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland 14. September 2017

The purpose of this session is to further promote an extensive, policy relevant dialogue on gender in the Arctic and to continue to raise awareness of the situation of men and women in the region. 

Saturday, October 14, 11:20 - 12:20
Location: Norðurljós, Second Level

The session builds on themes addressed at the conference “Gender Equality in the Arctic: Current realities Future Challenges” – held in Iceland in October 2014 - and includes topics such as Political Representation and Participation in Decision-Making: Gendered Dimensions; Regional Socio-Economic Development and its Gendered Impacts; Climate and Environmental Change, Natural Resource Development, and Gender; (Re-)Construction of Gender in the Arctic; Human Security: Gendered Aspects; and Human Capital and Gender: Migration, Mobility, Education and Adaptation, Indigenous peoples and underrepresented minorities of the Arctic. The session is one of the NRF Panel organized together with the Northern Research Forum (NRF), the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) and the GlobalArctic Project.


  • Kristín Ástgeirsdóttir, Director, Centre for Gender Equality Iceland: Gender Equality in the Arctic - Diversity is Key
  • Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Iceland: Full and Substantive Gender Equality - How to Get Away from Symbolic Representation and Counting Heads
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Nansen Professor, UNAK/Professor, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway: The Role of Trust In Human Security In The Arctic: A Gender-Based Analysis
  • Henri Myrttinen, the Head of Gender, International Alert, Peacebuilding Organisation, London: Gender Champions and Feminist Foreign Policies: Bringing in Critical Masculinities Perspectives into Gender Policy in the Arctic Region


Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit of the Saami Council