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Equality Work in Finnish Ministries
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to contribute to knowledge about the equality work in public sector organisations. Especially, my aim is to bring light into everyday experiences of doing equality work. This is achieved through interviewing equality workers in Finnish ministries. The study draws also on my personal experiences as an equality consultant. The main question I ask is: Which issues influence the content of equality work? According to feminist research, promoting equality is always a political process, which includes conflicting interests. These conflicting interests are, however, not visible in official descriptions of equality work. For example, ministries’ equality policies mostly hide the various interests under vague definitions and beautiful structures. Despite the invisibility of the tensions in written documents, equality workers describe the negotiative nature of equality work by providing examples of equality negotiations in their organisations. In my analysis I conclude that equality workers are aware of their organisations’ capacities to change and, in their work, they adapt to these limitations by choosing their strategies to do equality work accordingly. The content of equality work reflects the strategies, which are carefully chosen based on the knowledge about the organisation. I argue that this process of choosing equality strategies by equality workers is one of the overlooked factors shaping equality work in organisations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 101 p.
Keyword [en]
equality work, equality policies, equality, gender, diversity, gender mainstreaming, public sector, organisations
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121200ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC2-A–15/001–SEOAI: diva2:852482
Subject / course
Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
2015-08-31, Linköping, 12:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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