Activity of KVINFO
Aims and objectives
KVINFO is a knowledge centre and a research library within the area of gender, gender equality and ethnicity. KVINFO's main task is to initiate and disseminate research and to contribute to the development of an equal society. This means:
- KVINFO disseminates and facilitates research and knowledge for a broad, interested public.
- KVINFO initiates and supports projects which seek to develop and facilitate gender equality processes and tools both nationally and internationally.
KVINFO's objectives are:
- To develop the position of kvinfo.dk as the most read academic site on gender and gender equality in Denmark through innovative and knowledge-based web projects
- To strengthen the dissemination of the cultural heritage of women's history
- To strengthen the knowledge and use of the institution's physical and digital library (eg. by establishing close relations and cooperation with the education and research sector)
- That KVINFO is always an attractive partner for institutions working on gender, gender equality and ethnicity
- To develop international and national cooperation around gender equality processes and tools through projects aimed at dissemination of knowledge and exchange of experience and in this way strengthen KVINFO as a knowledge center and research library
Stakeholder: Research Institute
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: Denmark
Organisation Zip Code: 1219
Organisation Phone: 33 13 50 88
Name: Jytte Nielsen
- Project: "Mentor network for men" was conducted in the Esbjerg section of KVINFO's Mentor Network with the objective of contributing to refugee and immigrant men's integration and participation in social life as well as the establishment of individual networks through the support of a male mentor. Most of the mentees were immigrants/refugees with higher education and most of the mentors were ethnic Danes with a business background. This resulted in 32 matching couples, 7 found a job, 5 have started education/qualification courses, and the feedback from the mentees shows that they have expanded their networks and enhanced their knowledge of Danish society and the labour market. The project was financed by the local employment council.
- Mentor Network section in Tingbjerg: KVINFO's Mentor Network has an office in the neighbourhood of Tingbjerg close to Copenhagen, which is directed at both women and men. Tingbjerg has approx. 5600 inhabitants, of which 62 % are from an ethnic background other than Danish and a large part of the adult population is unemployed. With this project the Tingbjerg office aims to strengthen the image of the neighbourhood, create a strong network and contribute to the employment or education of a larger part of the 'new Danes' in the area. KVINFO's Mentor Network is a project which matches refugee and immigrant women and men with women and men who are active in the Danish labour market or who are in some way or another solidly rooted in Danish society.
- The website 'New Men in Denmark' focuses on positive stories of integration. You can read about 30 men's unique and extraordinary stories about their life in Denmark. Through text, images and sound we see and hear how they have used opportunities and handled the challenges which modern life in Denmark entails. We get close to men who are not afraid to speak about their feelings, pain, love and finding one's own identity and space in life. http://www.kvinfo.dk/side/829/
- With the campaign "Support a good message" KVINFO addressed male business owners of refugee or immigrant backgrounds with the objective of raising funds for the international conference "Mentoring & Networking". The campaign ended on 20 November 2009 and the total amount raised was almost DKK71.000. 41 male business owners supported the campaign.
- In relation to the project "Changing Masculinities, Changing Communites" KVINFO organised two Danish-Egyptian workshops in 2010 in close cooperation with The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo. The two workshops brought together men and women of very different professional backgrounds (including artists, educators, researchers, activists and film directors). The aim was to explore and discuss the concept of masculinity and how masculinity is practiced and constructed in urban spaces. In Spring 2011 a series of texts was published, based on the workshops and meetings which took place during the project.
- In May 2011 KVINFO set up a think tank entitled 'Knowledge on Men', where male and female experts with practical or theoretical knowledge on men and masculinity will meet in order to feed existing knowledge in the field into the public debate. The work of the think tank will result in an idea catalogue containing both proposals for political initiatives, specific law proposals and new research initiatives. The idea catalogue will be handed in to the Minister for Gender Equality when the work of the think tank ends.
- News: KVINFO writes news about gender, gender equality and ethnicity, including men's issues, on a daily basis http://forside.kvinfo.dk/news/archive
- Articles: KVINFO regularly publishes articles about gender equality and men's issues in the web magazine FORUM http://www.kvinfo.dk/side/557/ (from June 2011 webmagasin.kvinfo.dk)
- Frank Goth A. (2011) Aalborg Universitet går tæt på mandekulturer (Aalborg University takes a close-up look on masculinity cultures), FORUM, KVINFO, Copenhagen
- Frank Goth A. (2010) Books@café hjælper folk ud af skabet i Mellemøsten (Books@café helps people get out of the closet in the Middle East), FORUM, KVINFO, Copenhagen
- Frank Goth A. (2010) Drengehumor på autoværkstedet (Boys humor at the garage), FORUM, KVINFO, Copenhagen
- Frank Goth A. (2007) Velkommen til Pussyland - om unges seksualitet (Welcome to Pussyland - about young people's sexuality), FORUM, KVINFO, Copenhagen
- Frank Goth A. (2007) Mænd skal opdage at ligestilling er interessant (Men need to discover that gender equality is interesting), FORUM, KVINFO, Copenhagen