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Higher education as a platform for capacity building to address violence against women and promote gender equality: the Swedish example
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0459-1496
The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5800-6454
2018 (English)In: Public Health Reviews, ISSN 0301-0422, E-ISSN 2107-6952, Vol. 39, no 31Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Violence against women is an acknowledged public and global health problem which has adverse consequences for women’s health. Education, especially higher education, has long been identified as an important arena for addressing the problem and promoting gender equality. Two measures recently put in place in the Swedish higher education have brought the role of the sector into focus. The first is the inclusion of gender equality as a measurable outcome in quality assurance in higher education. The second measure is the amendment of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance to include mandatory knowledge of VAW in the degree programme of seven selected relevant professional groups. The potentials of both measures to positively contribute to the gender equality discourse, as well as improving capacity building for the public health workforce who encounter VAW, are discussed.

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2018. Vol. 39, no 31
Keywords [en]
violence against women, gender equality, higher education, sweden, public health workforce, active citizens, quality assurance in higher education, higher education ordinance, #metoo movement
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2732DOI: 10.1186/s40985-018-0108-5PubMedID: 30473904OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2732DiVA, id: diva2:1264046
Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2018-11-29Bibliographically approved

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