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Nordic PMs: "We will work to achieve gender equality by 2030"

Nordic prime ministers say they're concerned about pushback towards the rights of women and girls.

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Finnish PM Sanna Marin signed the statement along with Stefan Löfven of Sweden, Mette Frederiksen of Denmark, Erna Solberg of Norway and Iceland's Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Image: Henrietta Lehtinen / Yle

In a joint statement issued on International Women's Day on Sunday, the five PMs of the Nordics said a global surge in regressive policies is undermining protections against sexual and gender-based violence.

"Today, on International Women's Day, we all have good reasons to celebrate the global progress on gender equality. Unfortunately, and to the surprise of many, this hard-earned progress is being openly challenged," the five premiers were quoted as saying in a joint statement.

The PMs highlighted that gender-based structural inequalities still exist across the Nordics. They noted that gendered trends are persistent in labour markets where women make up the majority of teachers and care workers.

"The unemployment rate among women born outside of the EU is too high and additional measures and policies are required to combat this. As in other countries, discrimination multiplies when gender intersects with other protected characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability."

The five PMs also noted that while the #metoo movement had made progress against sexual harassment and abuse, "we have not managed to eliminate violence against women."

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