”With respect to gender, the goal is an equal society”. This comment was heard at a Nordic conference on equality held recently in Lillestrøm, just outside Oslo. The conference was opened by Karita Bekkemellem, Norwegian minister of equality. Among other things, Ms. Bekkemellem called for men to contribute more actively to the gender equality debate. – Men can, and must, bring forth their views. They must participate in setting the agenda of the debate and promoting change in the areas where men are underprivileged. Participation and the opportunity to influence things are preconditions for an equal society, Ms. Bekkemellem said.
The Nordic countries should unite their strength in promoting equality. The ideal of equality is based on the notion that all people are equally valuable irrespective of their gender, skin colour, religion, or sexual orientation. Nordic co-operation is said to be the oldest form of regional co-operation of its kind in the world. This opportunity could be utilized more actively in research, not least when it comes to gender issues and the male perspective.
The theme of this DialogWeb issue is the Nordic man. Who is he and where is he going? Why have so many boys and men gone astray in the information society which is taking shape before our eyes? What are the consequences of the fact that so many boys and men interrupt their education on all education levels? How can we encourage men to leave the comfort of their armchairs and become active citizens? Is it possible to motivate men to participate in an adult education course?
This theme brings forth many questions, and not so many answers. We hope that this issue of DialogWeb throws light on some of those questions, and encourages readers to ask more. The more questions we ask, the closer we are to a solution.
Ansvarig redaktör för detta nummer: Tor Erik Skaar, tor.erik.skaar(ät)vofo.no