The forum was held under the theme of ‘Policy Cases of Utilizing Female Talents and Increasing Women in Managerial Positions’. The forum comes directly as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Nordic countries and the Ministry on the same day, calling for increased cooperation and exchange in gender equality policies, practices, and knowledge.
The signing and forum were attended by Minister Eunhee Kang and the respective Ambassadors of Denmark (Thomas Lehmann), Finland (Eero Suominen), Norway (Jan Ole Grevstad), and Sweden (Anne Höglund). Regarding the forum, the four Nordic Ambassadors jointly stated they are "proud to present the forum in cooperation with Korea."
"Gender equality has always been extremely important to our countries. We are happy to have this opportunity to work with Korea in sharing good practices and experience regarding gender equality policies. We see this event as a stepping stone for our countries to work closer together to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality and creating equal opportunities for men and women, also when it comes to issues such as career, entrepreneurship and innovation."
The forum was comprised of presentations showcasing the status quo of gender equality and policies in the private and public sectors of each countries, as well as a panel discussion and Q&A with the forum attendees.
The keynote speech was given by Min Moosuk, President of the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education (KIGEPE), focusing on policies to utilize female talent via means such as support of female youth employment, childcare, family-friendly company certification policies, reemployment policies for female career discontinuity, as well as quotas for female managerial positions in the private sector.
In the following Nordic presentations, experts in various fields were invited to introduce the past challenges, trials and errors, and the key to success in realizing increased gender equality in their respective areas and countries.
Laila Bokhari, State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented the successes and challenges in the Norwegian government over the past 60 years. Pernille Ravn Jakobsen, Ph.D. from the Center for Innovative Medical Technology at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) discussed the importance of female roles in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Denmark.
Patrick Johansson, CEO of Ericsson-LG in Sweden, presented the value and practice in diversity that Ericsson pursues worldwide. Linda Liukas, Finnish author of children’s book, ‘Hello Ruby’, and programmer, was committed to encouraging inclusive and creative teaching methods as well as increasing female participation in programming.