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Nordic Model

Getting Enlightened About Prostitution

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It was a movie I loved at the time because I real...

Why Gender Equality Is a Sustainable Approach to Innovation

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Dagfinn Høybråten

Gender equality from cradle to grave, then? Yes, because as the Nordic Ministers for Equality highlighted at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in New York this week, equality benefits men as well as women. And what's more, the national economy benefits too.

Working to End Sex Trafficking

Anita Casalina | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

It's difficult enough to fight problems like water availability and famine where impersonal climate change has caused the devastation. It is so much more complex when the issue is financially motivated and "the demand creates the supply."

Living in (Almost) Perfect Societies with (Other) Average People

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

It is said that most people can't tell one Nordic country from another. Maybe so, but what they do know is that these nations are exceptional. This collective exceptionalism is worth studying up close and Michael Booth's book is a good place to begin.

Trust Behind Nordic Success

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Dagfinn Høybråten

One important reason for the Nordic countries' success is often overlooked - the high level of trust among people in the Region.

Putin, Erdogan and Orban: Band of Brothers?

András Simonyi | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
András Simonyi

The contagion of the illiberal model (recently openly praised by Viktor Orban in a public speech as the real alternative to the "failed liberal western system") is yet another wake up call for us to understand the realities of the world, which is a mess.

O Canada! Will You Free Your Glorious Land of Prostitution?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

Canada must acknowledge that gender inequality, race, incest and histories of oppression are the pillars of the sex trade, including prostitution.

Combatting Human Slavery at the United Nations

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If we could do half as good a job of creating a meaningful taboo in the United States around buying and selling young people for sex as we do around smoking, we'd be so much further along the road to eliminating demand.

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.