Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014 – New Action on Women’s Rights is a conference arranged by the women’s rights movement in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The regional conference manifests the determination of women in the Nordic countries to promote girls’ and women’s empowerment and achieve gender equality. From June 12th – 15th 2014, 15,000 people will gather in Malmö, Sweden, to shape new strategies to promote gender equality and end discrimination against women. Discussions will be based on the landmark agreements for women’s rights: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) (1979). Representatives from numerous different sectors including NGOs, activist networks, government, academia and private enterprise, as well as members of the public, will be able to discuss gender equality, formulate new strategies to promote human rights and, above all, bring forward the debate on women’s rights.
The conference will take place in Malmö at Malmö Arena and MalmöMässan. Malmö is continuing its development by finding new ways to address the global concerns of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Nordiskt Forum Malmö 2014, and the women’s movement more generally, is part of the solution to these issues, both locally and on a world scale. In its quest to become a pioneering, forward-thinking region, the City of Malmö has actively engaged with gender issues and carried out an extensive gender mainstreaming programme. Positive actions taken include the introduction of evening and night-time child care, and extensive work to overcome men’s violence against women. Malmö is close to international airports, high-speed rail terminals and a sparkling sea, which help to make it the perfect location for this conference.
The solutions to today’s global challenges are not to deny women their rights: gender equality and the women’s movement offer answers! Come and pose questions, debate possible solutions and play a role in an event that will shape future efforts for gender equality in the Nordic countries and further afield. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!