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Sustainable gender equality within the Swedish healthcare
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
2013 (Swedish)In: FALF-konferens - Arbetslivets föränderlighet, 2013, 3- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the presentation is to discuss whether or not a methodological approach can promote a process of making visible gender equality within the health and medical care.

Although Sweden has come a long way in making sure that women and men are treated equally in the workplace there are few countries with so obvious gender based occupational segregation. Within Swedish health- and medical care for example 81 per cent of the employees are women. The majority of these work in a hierarchical structure where the lower and intermediate levels primarily are comprised of women. With this point of departure we have studied the construction of gender equality in every day meetings between women and men working in health- and medical care.

Aim

The overarching purpose of the study was to describe and problematize the perspective of gender equality within the health- and medical care. Two main questions were posed:

  • How is the aspect of gender equality expressed in work related meetings between women and men working in health care?
  • Which opportunities and hindrances exist for creating sustainable gender equality within the health- and medical care?

Method

The empirical material comprised 23 women and men studying health care or public health at Blekinge Institute of Technology. The informants were also working as professional nurses. The study was carried through in two steps. Firstly four introductory lectures were conducted. Two of them were about qualitative methods with a particular emphasis on focus groups as an interview technique. The other two focused on current gender equality research. The informants also deepened their knowledge by reading articles about gender equality. In the second step qualitative interviews in focus groups were conducted. Before these occasions the interviewees had prepared themselves by reading a research report which made it possible to relate the text to personal experiences from working life.

Result

The empirical material showed that the knowledge about gender equality differed within the studied group. Most informants considered the problem area of vital importance and stressed the necessity of continual discussions in the workplace. However some of the interviewed had never thought of the issue as they regarded gender equality being a question without any interest. All our informants were aware of the plan of action for equality which is required at the workplace but only few of them had read it or worked actively with the implementation. When the interviewees reflected upon the hierarchical structure in their workplaces a common view was that an obvious difference between women’s and men’s opportunities to influence and exercise domination could be seen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 3- p.
Keyword [en]
sustainable gender equality, nurses, methodological approach, work place
National Category
Gender Studies Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences; Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52531OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-52531DiVA: diva2:929028
Conference
FALF-konferens - Arbetslivets föränderlighet, Stockholm juni 17-19 2013
Projects
Genus och jämställdhetsaspekten i högre utbildning
Available from: 2016-05-17 Created: 2016-05-17 Last updated: 2017-01-05Bibliographically approved

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