Nordic Gender Institute

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The Nordic Gender Institute (NIKK) (Norwegian: Nordisk institutt for kunnskap om kjønn), previously Nordic Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Research, was a transnational resource- and information centre on gender research and gender equality in the Nordic countries. NIKK was established in 1995 by the Nordic Council of Ministers and closed down in 2011.

NIKK aimed at constituting a bridge between Nordic gender research and equality politics. The institute co-operated closely with the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation on Gender Equality and the Nordic Executive Committee on Gender Equality. NIKK claimed to contribute to the implementation of the Nordic cooperation programme on gender equality: "Focus on Gender: Working toward an Equal Society" (2006-2010).

NIKK was located at the University of Oslo in Norway. NIKK employed research coordinators, researchers, information advisors and administrative personnel - 2010 the staff consisted of 6 employees from four of the Nordic countries.


The institute was dismantled as a Nordic Institution in December 2011 by a decision of the Nordic Council of Ministers, but some of its functions will be reopened as a co-operative body some time in the future.[1] NIKK had initiated important projects with the goal of gender equality, coordinated and carried out, including Investigations, studies, surveys, reports and opinions.[2][3][3]

The public debate in response to the 7-part documentary series "Hjernevask" ('Brainwashing') of the comedian Harald Eia, which aired in spring 2010 in the Norwegian television NRK had influence on the closing.[4][5] The Norwegian Parliament addressed these television reports, the core of the criticism concerned the scientific neglect of the biological to the social component.[6][7] The Norwegian network for Gender Studies states correlations between "Hjernevask" and increased discussion on the gender studies in its Annual report 2010.[8]


NIKK initiated, co-ordinated, and executed projects that focus on central gender equality issues, i.e. research and development, statements, surveys, and reports. The most recent projects were:

  • Gender and Power in the Nordic Countries (2008-2009)
  • Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: The Impact of Contemporary Women's Movements (FEMCIT) (2007-2011)
  • Prostitution in the Nordic Countries (2007-2008)
  • Multidimensional Discrimination Policies in the Nordic Countries (2007)
  • Gender Equality and Quality of Life. A Norwegian Perspective (2007)
  • Youth, Gender and Pornography in the Nordic Countries (2004-2006)

A large NIKK study on prostitution for the Nordic ministers of gender equality was presented in October 2008.[9][10] The study on gender and power was presented in November 2009.[11]


NIKK magasin (free subscription) writes about new and current themes and perspectives on gender research and gender equality politics in the Nordic countries. It is published three times a year: two issues in Scandinavian languages - one issue in English.[12]


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  3. ^ a b "NIKK is dismantled as a Nordic Institution" (in English). Nordic Gender Institute. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  4. ^ Ledare Johan Ingerö (2011-12-06). "Hur går det för Norge utan genusvetenskap?" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  5. ^ Kjersti Nipen (2011-11-23). "Kjønnsforskningen mister 56 millioner" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Stortinget - Møte onsdag den 28. april 2010 kl. 10" (in Norwegian). Stortinget. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  7. ^ "Stortinget - Møte tirsdag den 8. juni 2010 kl. 10" (in Norwegian). Stortinget. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  8. ^ "Årsrapport NFK 2010" (in Norwegian). Nettverk for kjønnsforskning. p. 3. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  9. ^ Stackpole Dahl, Miriam (2008-10-17). "Sexkjøpforbud kan bli sovepute" (in Norwegian). Ny Tid. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  10. ^ Bjurwald, Lisa (2008-10-17). "Bland liljor och rhododendronbuskar" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  11. ^ Björk, Evalis (2009-11-19). "Få kvinnor i styrelser" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  12. ^ "NIKK magasin". NIKK. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 

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