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Winners strengthen high school girls in a male-dominated industry

Published: 15 September 2021

This year's winners of the Norrbottens jämställdhetspris are upper secondary school teachers Kristina Nilsen and Susanne Pettersson, at the electricity, construction and plumbing programs at Strömbackaskolan in Piteå. In dialogue with the industry, they work systematically and consciously to change, develop and improve a male-dominated industry - and create a good foundation for an equal and attractive Norrbotten for all.

The grateful winners of this year's gender equality award were present at Vetenskapens hus together with Jonas Wallin, principal at the Mjölner at Strömbackaskolan in Piteå, who nominated the teachers for the award. Kristina Nilsen and Susanne Pettersson were nominated for their good work in strengthening the girls who attend the construction, electricity and plumbing programs. By highlighting the values and macho culture in the construction industry, they help students, and by extension the industry, to see the benefits of an equal and inclusive workplace. In addition to the honor, the winners will receive SEK 100,000.

The jury group was as usual for the award ceremony and for the year consisted of Cathrine Norberg, vice rector and professor at Luleå University of Technology, Lotta Finstorp, governor of Norrbotten, Linda Frohm, regional councilor Norrbotten region and Tomas Egmark, representative of Norrbotten municipalities and municipal councilor in Älvsbyn municipality. Due to the pandemic, the Regionala jämställdhetspridet was held digitally on 8 September, with a small number of people present at the award ceremony at Vetenskapens hus in Luleå.

The jury's motivation are approximately: “ Through systematic and conscious gender equality work, this year's winners have the ambition to change, develop and improve a male-dominated industry, where outdated prejudices and stereotypes have prevailed for too long and are the building blocks.

In constant dialogue with industry representatives, by actively raising stereotypes about women or men and by creating security for knowledge-hungry girls, teachers Susanne Pettersson and Kristina Nilsen want to broaden and enable education, life skills and well-being for girls as well as boys at Strömbackaskolan's construction, electricity and Plumbing program in Piteå. A conscious work that builds and builds a good foundation for an equal and attractive Norrbotten for all. ”

Other nominees for this year's gender equality award were the Scouts in Gällivare, the Östra skolan in Jokkmokk, Kalix municipality preschool, the Pamoja association in Kiruna, Passionista, Kerstin M-B T Larsson and Hello stranger.

Text: Christoffer Caesar