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Understanding Gender Equality and Empowerment in the Arctic

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Enabling gender equality by empowering all genders, and women, in particular, to effectively participate in modern society is one of the most important advances towards global sustainable development, encompassing equal representation in the labor market and political office (UN Sustainable Development Goal 5). 

The UGEEA Project aims to improve understanding of gender equality issues in the New Arctic at the national, regional, and local levels, identify concrete strategies for gender political, economic, and civic empowerment, and thereby facilitate sustainable policymaking for the New Arctic. 

This project employs an inclusive, collaborative approach to collect and analyze datasets, documents, and case studies to understand to what extent political, economic, and civic empowerment is distributed by gender. 

Broader impacts of the UGEEA Project include recommendations for the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women, raising public awareness of gender issues in the Arctic, and the development of a publicly available data compendium on gender empowerment.

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Arctic Communities

The Arctic is a politically and culturally diverse region that comprises territories of eight states, including Canada, Finland, Greenland (the Kingdom of Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.


The Project uses a multiscale approach by integrating diverse information flows about gender equality and empowerment from each Arctic region.

Map U.S. Department of State. Map of the Arctic Region (n.d.).

Our Team

The interdisciplinary UGEEA team consists of researchers with backgrounds in different social science disciplines, Indigenous scholars and knowledge-holders. 


The Project engages students majoring in social sciences in interdisciplinary research and fieldwork activities. Investing in the future generation of researchers and subject-matter experts is one of the UGEEA top priorities.

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Project Results

Rozanova-Smith, M., Petrov, A., Korkina Williams, V., Absalonsen, J., Alty, R., Arnfjord, S., Apok, C., Biscaye, E., Black., J., Carothers, C., Chapman, Y., Fusco, S., Gaini, F., Hayfield, E. A., Logadottir, H., Joona, T., Karlsdóttir, A., Kimmel, M., Larocque, B., Lempiäinen, K., Mack, L. M., Michaels, S., Mills, S., Naskali, P., Nielsen, S. S., Olsvig, I., Osipova, M., Poturaeva, A., Povoroznyuk, O., Quintal Marineau, M., Þrastardóttirv, B., Vinokurova, L., Zamyatina, N., and Zanotti, L. (2021). Gender Empowerment and Fate Control, in Gender Equality in the Arctic, ed. E.E. Oddsdóttir and H.O. Ágústsson, pp. 224-267. Iceland's Arctic Council Chairmanship, Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, Icelandic Directorate for Equality, Stefansson Arctic Institute.


Photograph courtesy of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.


March 14, 2022


The United Nations’ Sixty-sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), NGO Forum 

Panel Gender Equality and Empowerment in the Arctic.  

February 2, 2022


AAG–2022: The American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting–2022

Session Gender Inequality and Empowerment in Global Perspective.

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