Open lecture by Lena Sommestad: The Swedish social welfare regime – a gender perspective

You are kindly invited to attend the open lecture by Professor Lena Sommestad. Currently, she is county governor in the Swedish province of Halland. Lena Sommestad was Minister for the Environment between 2002 and 2006, President of the Social Democratic Women in Sweden between 2011 and 2013, and a member of the Swedish Parliament from 2012 to 2014. She has a background as a Professor in economic history. Dr. Sommestad has devoted most of her research to comparative studies on gender regimes, social policy, demography and sustainable development.

11:45 - 14:00 Friday 15/12/2017

SSE Riga, Strelnieku 4a, Soros Auditorium

Sweden is known as country where women have strong social and economic rights. Gender equality is a distinctive feature of the Swedish social model. In this lecture, Lena Sommestad will talk about why women in Sweden succeeded in attaining stronger social rights than in most other countries, and why women’s gainful work is still a key for gender equality. She argues that the European financial crisis and strong austerity policies have weakened women’s position in recent years, but an increasing interest in social equality and social investment may pave the way for further progress in gender equality policies ahead.

Programme:

11:45 Light lunch and networking
12:30 Prof. Lena Sommestad on “The Swedish Social Welfare Regime - a Gender Perspective”
13:30 Q&A
14:00 Wine and networking

Moderator: Dr.sc.pol. Ieva Birka


Lena Sommestad is Professor of Economic History and former Swedish Minister for the Environment. She has also served as Member of the Swedish parliament and as President of Social Democratic Women Sweden. She is currently County Governor in the province of Halland.

Lena Sommestad has devoted most of her research to comparative studies on gender regimes, social policy, demography and sustainable development. Publications include "Welfare State Attitudes to the Male Breadwinning System: the United States and Sweden in Comparative Perspective", International Review of Social History 42, 1997; ”The Hidden Pulse of History. Age Transition and Economic Change in Sweden, 1820-2000”, Scandinavian Journal of History vol. 25, no 1-2, 2000; and “Climate Policy and the Social Investment Approach: towards a European model for sustainable development” (in N Morel, B Palier and J Palme, eds, Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Polity Press, 2011).

 

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