Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

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City theatre, Sopukka

The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland will arrange a public event on Gender and Climate Change. The event is being organised in co-operation with the Government of Åland, Women's Studies at the Åbo Akademi University and Women´s Studies at the University of Turku. The event will present ways in which a gender equality perspective can create effective solutions for sustainable development and help alleviate climate change. You are welcome to participate in this event and hear about how gender affects consumption habits, energy use, food choices and transportation, and how you can support sustainable development in your own activities.

Among those invited to the event are decision-makers, politicians, civil servants, researchers, representatives of NGOs and other interested people, who will discuss and ponder how to integrate a gender perspective into the Nordic debate on climate change and sustainable development as well as the benefits of this perspective.

The event is open for all interested people. In view of arrangements we invite those who do not otherwise participate in the “Solutions” seminar to register no later than 17 January 2011, address: (or by telephone +358 9 16073212/Liisa Tyventö, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health).


Chairwoman Siv Hellén, Adviser to the President and Chief Compliance Officer, Nordic Investment Bank, Finland

I Opening addresses

President of the Provincial Government Viveka Eriksson, Åland

Bo Lindroos, Chief of the Secretariat, Secretariat for Nordic Cooperation, Finland

II Addresses

  • Research Manager Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI/ Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden: Gender and energy use
  • Lecturer Hilda Rømer Christensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Women and men in movement: traffic and gender
  • Researcher PhD Gun Roos, Statens Institutt for Forbruksforskning/ National Institute for Consumer Research, Norway: What do men and women eat?
  • Researcher Christian Dymén, Project “Another Climate”, Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden: What role does gender play in the climate policies of municipalities?

Discussion and questions

III Panel discussion

Chairwoman Marianne Liljeström, Professor, Gender Studies at Turku University, Finland


  • Katrin Sjögren, Minister for the Environment, Åland
  • Aira Kalela, expert in international issues, Global Gender and Climate Alliance, Finland
  • Jonina Bjartmarz, entrepreneur, former Minister for the Environment and Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Iceland

Discussion and questions

IV Conclusions

Annamari Asikainen, Senior Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Päivi Yli-Pietilä, Senior Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland and Michala Hvidt, Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen, Denmark – reporting

Coffee break at 15.30-16.00

The side event will finish at 17.30

Host: The Nordic Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, Government of Åland, Women’s Studies at the Åbo Akademi University and Gender Studies at the University of Turku.

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