Networks & Projects



Here you can find Networks and Projects which are engaged in issues of gender and equality in the Arctic region. You can visit each Network’s website, or write to the contact person directly.  

If you can contribute to these endeavors we would be very grateful. Please contact Embla at The Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network regarding other Networks and Projects which are not listed here and are engaged in gender and equality in Arctic. We welcome your feedback.




The Arctic Youth Network

The Arctic Youth Network is a global network of youth engaging in Arctic affairs. Through through pan-Arctic and international cooperation and capacity-building, the AYN aims to provide aspiring leaders of all genders and cultures with equitable access to the resources they need to advance change their own way on Arctic issues.

Sebastien Molgat tarnation | Contact | Website

Gender in the Arctic Research Network, University of Hamburg

The main goal of our research network is to analyse the causes, consequences, dynamics and local variations of changing gender relations in the Arctic.

J. Otto Habeck | Contact | Website


IASSA Working Group "Gender in the Arctic“

In the Arctic, queer identities and issues are rarely discussed in public, especially in Indigenous communities. The workshop examines these experiences and practices from both an academic and activist perspective.

Gertrude Saxinger | Contact | Website

International Arctic Science Committee, Social & Human Working Group

Our scientific interests: Arctic residents and change; histories, perceptions and representations of the Arctic; securities, governance and law; natural resources, use, exploitation and development: past, present, future; human health and well-being.

J. Otto Habeck | Contact | Website


Nordic Co-operation

The Nordic countries have worked together for over four decades to improve gender equality in all aspects of society. Gender equality between the sexes is a condition for the success of the Nordic Model and a pillar of the modern Nordic welfare states.

Anna Rosenberg | Contact | Website


Nordic Information on Gender

Gather and strategically disseminate research, policy, knowledge and practice in the area of gender equality in a Nordic and cross-sectoral perspective.

Contact | Website


The Northern Women Arts Collaborative links academic social science research about traditional women’s work with contemporary artists & artisans.

Michèle Hayeur Smith | Contact | Website


The Directorate of Equality

Among the Directorate‘s various tasks are monitoring of the implementation of the before mentioned acts, informing on equality as well as to conduct training and consulting services to individuals, companies, corporations, and government agencies at all levels.

Katrín Björg Ríkarðsdóttir | Contact | Website

The Icelandic Women’s Rights Association

The focus of our work has been increasing women‘s representation in politics, eradicating gender income inequality, increasing the number of women in the police force and the judicial system.

Brynhildur Heiðar- og Ómarsdóttir | Contact | Website


The association is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, girls and gender-diverse people within First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadian societies.

Contact | Website


Access barriers, such as transportation limitations, family responsibilities, geography, and funding hinder many women from participating in traditional networking. The Women in the Arctic and Antarctic initiative fosters a gender-positive environment to facilitate easily accessible international networking and information sharing.

Danita Burke | Contact | Website

CircumPolar Gender, the Arctic University of Norway

The Network is based on the conviction that gender is one of the keys to an understanding of both polar history and the contemporary cultural and natural processes.

Anka Ryall | Contact | Website




The NI-MMIWG is a legal process that gathers evidence, and examines and reports on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals.

Contact | Website

Nordic Information on Gender

Nordic Information on Gender Projets

There are several projects on which NIKK works on: Nordic Gender Effect, Online hate and violence, Men and Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries and Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region.

Contact | Website

online Program for UArctic Congress side event "Women of the Arctic"

Building on ongoing academic efforts to better understand gender in the Arctic, Women of the Arctic seeks to carve out a non-academic space for women and girls who work on or live in the Arctic to explore the roles and contributions of women to northern policy-making, research, exploration, art, activism, and daily life.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek | Contact | Website


Women of the Arctic

Women of the Arctic seeks to fill this critical gap and reach beyond the academic sphere to illuminate the stories and perspectives of a broad range of women.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek | Contact | Website


Previous Networks & Projects


Femina Borealis - Women and Development in the North

“Femina Borealis - Women and Development in the North” was an international - Barents' region network consisting partners from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. Founded in 1993. The main aims were: bring forward, mediate and develop knowledge about women's lives, history and visions for the future in the Barents Region; influence the political and economic development in the North. The main activities: discussions and campaigns aimed at women-friendly, culturally pluralistic regional policy; study programmes and courses, including open university and research courses; video conferences. Supports research efforts.