AURORA.

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noun. \ ə-ˈrȯr-ə
1) emission of light from atoms excited by electrons;
2) the Roman goddess of dawn.

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Aurora champions women and gender equality through a series of interviews inclusive of a wide range of voices. We recognize that freedom of expression is an important step towards equitable outcomes for women and by extension all of humanity.

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Photo courtesy of Liv Inger Somby.

Photo courtesy of Liv Inger Somby.

LIV INGER SOMBY.

A culture of silence among Sámi endures to this day. In conversation with Erica Dingman, Liv Inger Somby discusses the intense traumas of assimilation, violence and abuse suffered by elder Sámi women who live in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.


Photo Courtesy of Madeleine Redfern

Photo Courtesy of Madeleine Redfern

MADELEINE REDFERN.

An increasing number of Nunavut’s young women are pursuing a post-secondary education. Yet, most high school students tend to be unprepared for higher education. Madeleine Redfern, in conversation with Erica Dingman, discusses how Nunavut’s future depends on improvements to its educational system.


Photo: Angu Motzfeld

Photo: Angu Motzfeld

SARA OLSVIG.

In many respects Greenland is at the forefront of gender equality, but obstacles remain for the advancement of women both professionally and domestically. In conversation with Erica Dingman, Sara Olsvig reflects on initiatives started during her time as an elected official, areas for improvement, and why women’s right and children’s rights should be considered collectively.

 
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DIRECTOR OF AURORA.

Erica Dingman is the founder of the Arctic in Context initiative at the World Policy Institute. Arctic in Context was launched in 2014, and mixes digital technology with in-person events. The initiatives web-based platform provides a global audience with an accessible overview of region-wide issues using timelines, videos, and analysis. Her articles have appeared in various publications including CNN, Al Jazeera, Arctic Yearbook and Diplomatic Courier. She is a member of the University of Washington’s Arctic Center Steering Committee and holds a Masters in International Affairs from The New School.

You can find Erica on Twitter: @ericading.