Nordic Gender & Media Forum

The Nordic Gender & Media Forum is about creating a platform for discussion of gender equality in the media. The media can hinder or hasten progress towards gender equality. Worldwide, only 24 percent of news subjects are women. In Europe, only one in 10 box office films is directed by a woman, while in advertising and computer games there is an abundance of gender stereotypes.

The project can be seen as a regional follow-up to the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, when all UN member states agreed on the need to increase participation of women in the media and to work against stereotypes. The Nordic Gender & Media Forum is collecting gender-based statistics on the Nordic media industry (film, journalism, advertising and computer games), and were presented for discussion at various seminars during the Spring of 2014 and at a conference on good practice in Bergen on May 7.

Examples of good practice in the Nordic countries (open access)

Examples of good practice from the Nordic countries are brought together in a publication Making Change. Nordic Examples of Working Towards Gender Equality in the Media. The book also contains gender based statistics about film, journalism, computer games and advertising compiled by NORDICOM.

The publication was launched at a seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 4th of December 2014 at the European Institute for Gender Equality in Vilnius, Lithuania. The seminar was arranged by NORDICOM together with the the Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania and EIGE as partners.

The full content of the book is available for download (pdf) here

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Statistical compendiums

Compiled for the seminars during Spring 2014:



Computer games


Fact sheet from NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender) on Gender Equality in the Nordic Media.


Short film from the Bergen Conference

A film presenting voices from Time to step up, a conference on good gender media practices in the Nordic countries, arranged by Nordicom in Bergen, Norway in May 2014. You can watch the film here


Target Groups: The Nordic Gender & Media Forum aims to bring together business, researchers, activists and stakeholders within the media sector in the Nordic countries and elsewhere.

The Forum is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and run by Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg.