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Figure 1.5 Average pension savings by age. 2015 DKK 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 0-17 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80+ Equality between the genders in a political perspective Politics is about attitudes and interests. And it is about who holds the power in Denmark and how to resolve conflicts and make common decisions. In Denmark, parliament – Folketinget – has adopted a gender equality act to promote equality between women and men. In the preamble to the act it says: “The purpose of the Act is to promote gender equality, including equal integration, equal influence and equal opportunities in all functions of society, based on women’s and men’s equal status. The purpose of the Act is also to counteract direct and indirect discrimination on ground of gender and to counteract sexual harassment.”1 That means that it is not a requirement to ensure equality, but that equality between women and men should be promoted. Women and men have good possibilities SOCIAL STUDIES AND GENDER EQUALITY 19 for participating in politics in Den- 1 English translation: http://www.legislationline. org mark. They can, for example, enrol in political parties, participate in debates on topics such as gender equality and gender roles and vote in elections to Folketinget. At the 2011 parliamentary elections, Social Democrat Helle Thorning-Schmidt became the first woman Prime Minister in Denmark. Most Danes – irrespective of political attitudes – probably found it was positive that women could also take over the Prime Minister’s Office, be leading the political power and govern the country. But even though the government had a female leader, Helle Thorning-Schmidt subsequently appointed a government with less than 40% of the cabinet ministers being women. This pattern is repeated when we look at Denmark’s legislative power, Folketinget. Only 67 of Denmark’s 179 elected MPs are women. See Table 1.5. The fact that there are fewer women than men in Folketinget is not at all unique. The same picture appears if we look at the proportion of women elected to the country’s five regional councils and 98 municipal councils. The situation is the Source: Statistics Denmark. Men Women


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