Arctic Frontiers 2021 in Tromsø will be held on-line February 1-4. Members of the AMF will play an important role in a side event which will take place on Thursday January 28.

The webinar is called Gender and social sustainability in the Arctic and panelists are Ásthildur Sturludóttir, chairman of AMF and Mayor of Akureyri, Iceland, Charlotte Ludvigsen, member of AMF and Mayor of Sermersooq, Greenland, and professor Victor Norman, chair of the commission on the consequences of the demographic development in rural areas. Moderator will be Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, Chair of the SDWG Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group, lead of the SDWG Project Gender Equality in the Arctic.

Women in rural areas are getting more educated but are having trouble finding jobs matching their competencelevel/educational level. At the same time the men are less educated beeing occupied in basic industries. This leads to women moving from rural areas, living in unemployment, or becoming involitary stay-at-home moms, instead of becomming part of the workforce. But how can we adress this issue? Is it the only option to focus on jobcreation in the areas? Or are initiatives like „work without location“ changing the options for these women? Can it bridge the gap that still exists between men and women in rural areas? Has Covid-19 in some way changed our opinion regarding possibilities in work without location beeing a big issue? Or should the men in these rural areas just follow the women, and go after a better education and job posibillities in the larger cities, leaving the Arctic rural areas as a nature reserve areas?

Participation at the webinar is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

The registration deadline is 28 January 2021 at 12:00 GMT.

Please register here.