Finland hosts conference on gender equality and women in the Arctic


A conference on women in the Arctic will take place from Aug. 4 to 6 in Saariselkä, a tundra resort village in northern Finland.

The Arctic Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers and Finland, the Arctic Council’s host nation, are organizing the conference, called Taking Wing.

The conference will look at women and work as well as human rights issues in the Arctic from a woman’s point of view.

The gathering is limited to 200 participants, including representatives of the Arctic Council member states, permanent participants and observers or of indigenous people’s organizations, national and regional governments and research institutions.

For more information on how to participate or submit papers, visit or contact conference coordinator Laura Tohka by e-mail: or, in Nunavut, call Mary Ellen Thomas, manager of the Nunavut Research Institute, at (867) 979-4681, before Feb. 15.

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