The report of the conference Men and Gender Equality – Towards Progressive Policies held in Helsinki in October 2006 is available here.
The conference formed a part of the Finnish EU Presidency. By organising it, Finland wanted to highlight the important role of men in promoting gender equality. The starting point was that by paying more attention to the relationship between men and gender equality, we could increase men’s contribution to the promotion of gender equality as well as address some problems men in particular are facing. This, in turn, would promote gender equality and, most importantly, the status of women.
During the conference, the main focus was on policies, what has been done and what should be done concerning men and gender equality. The conference concentrated on the themes of
- reduction of segregation in education and training
- gender mainstreaming in health policies and practices,
- violence, and
- reconciliation of work and family life.
This report pulls together the presentations given at the conference and includes the reports of the discussion in the working groups. It features, on pages 113-117, the paper of EMHF board member Professor Alan White presented at the session chaired by Peter Makara, the Director of the Hungarian National Institute for Health Development, who is also a member of the EMHF board.