on men’s role in promoting
gender equality in modern society
October 22 | Riga, Latvia
RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6 (4, Durbes Street, Riga)
Mr Gustavs Terzens and Ms Kristine Garklava, journalists
The Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers invites
entrepreneurs, HR specialists, state and municipal offcials, NGO representatives and experts of various fields to join
an informal discussion and reflect on men’s wellbeing and challenges men are facing as fathers, employers and
employees, as well as men’s role in promoting gender equality.
Some of the questions we will seek answers to are:
What is expected of a man in today’s society?
What shapes society’s perception of gender roles?
Do men and women have equal opportunities to build a career while actively taking part in family
What are the drivers of change in gender stereotypes and attitudes? What is our part in the
process? If and how should we be more involved?
What practices can we learn from other countries? What practices can we learn from each other?
Oftentimes gender equality debates lack men’s point of view. The Barbershop conference oers a place for
dialogues and discussions in male majority audience, thus engaging men in shaping a more gender equal society.
The conference provides an opportunity not only to get more familiar with practices developed in other countries,
but also to discuss the current gender equality trends in terms of the challenges we face in our everyday lives.
The Barbershop conference is an initiative presented by Iceland and Suriname in 2014. It was inspired by the UN global solidarity movement HeForShe. To date, Barbershop conferences have been held in Denmark, Iceland,
Switzerland and USA.