How to question norms in your organization

How to question norms in your organization

The hardest thing about norms is to find them and become aware that they exist. Norms tend to be invisible until someone breaks them. To see what norms are relevant in your organization, try asking yourself these questions:

Norm criticism – what is it and why is it necessary?

Norm criticism – what is it and why is it necessary?

Norm criticism is not about being against norms. Its aim is to question them. Think about it like literature criticism. Literature criticism isn’t against literature. It analyses it. Norm criticism asks: what norms do we want? Is a particular norm necessary? What happens if webreak it? Who is it including and excluding and what are the effects?

The Equality Journey Goes to School

The Equality Journey Goes to School

We are piloting our Equality Journey tool in a new environment: schools! And it is students who are using it to analyse their schools from a gender perspective and design actions to promote equality.

Finland + Pisa-study = Gender Equality?

When the rest of the world is asking what does Finland do right due to Pisa, in Finland we continue to be very keen to discuss the “poor” boys and how to help them. There is not one solution as there are too many explanations why it looks like this. A lot of teachers in the schools also acknowledge that it is not a single question about boys and girls, but about different boys and girls being very successful or less successful in school. Factors as class, mother tongue or geographical location are more visible on the field, but they are still strongly connected with the question of gender. 

Too much information, or too little? – in gender budgeting

Gender budgeting is often used for mapping the distribution of resources in an organization. The principle is at first glance quite simple: how much money goes to which post in the budget, and how many women/men is taking part of this. 

Widening the view

Widening the view

This spring, the Equality Journey has been widening it’s horizons even more. This Spring, I (Christina) was invited first to Colombia to share my knowledge on statistics and equality analyzes. I brought, of course, the Equality Journey. Later, in a trainee program of East African ‘districts’ (municipalities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).