Maktsalongen’s (makt=power, salong= parlor) goal is to create a gender equal young civil society and ultimately a more just society. Gender equality is often a matter of culture, norms, habits, patterns and attitudes and to change them, it is important to start early. By working with gender equality in the young civil society, we can challenge the image of who should be a leader, what power looks like and is exercised, and thus create a society with equal opportunities.
Maktsalongen was founded in November 2011. The founders, Sara Haraldsson and Sofia Brändström, had both just finished their previous leadership roles in the young civil society and both felt that the young civil society was far from equal. Their outrage over the fact that the same problem recured again and again in the young civil society gave birth to an idea: what if women who were leaders of the young civil society could gather, get access to a network of women who were in the same position as themselves and a mentor who also had the experience of being the leader in the young civil society? Maktsalongen was built on that idea. In the beginning it was just a network of women in leading positions in the young civil society, but since then Maktsalongen has grown into an organization working with gender equality in several ways.
Maktsalongen works with gender issues on three levels: the structure, organization and the individual.
Creating equality requires major structural changes. This requires a discussion and debate about the structures that create inequality. Maktsalongen aims to create such discussions and debates. This has mainly been done through seminars and by releasing reports that discuss and illustrates conditions in the young civil society.
We give lectures to organizations, companies and schools about equality and gender equality. By spreading knowledge of gender equality and the methods of how to promote and achieve gender equality, we believe that together we can create a more equal society.
Since Maktsalongen wants to create a gender equal civil society, it is natural for us to work with gender equality in the organizations in civil society. We have different courses and programs in which we help organizations with gender equality work and challenges. Our belief is that it doesn’t need be so difficult to work with equality and we are trying to show organizations that.
Together with the company MethodKit we have developed MethodKit for Equality, a tool to help organizations and companies to work more equally. MethodKit is a deck of illustrated cards, each with an issue that is important to consider in the work with gender equality. Linked to the kit, we give workshops to help businesses and organizations to get started or continue with their work with gender equality. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the workshops and the kit.
A change in the structure and work of organizations is required in order to achieve the goal of gender equality in civil society. But until we have reached that, there are many people who are effected by the gender inequality that still exists in the organizations. Therefore, Maktsalongen has networking and mentoring programs for women * who are leaders on a local, regional and national level in their organizations. By bringing women together they can support and encourage each other, share experiences and inspiration.
* With women, we mean people who self-identify as women
Maktsalongen is a non-profit organization run by a board elected by the annual meeting. The annual meeting also decides what the organization will work with the upcoming year. The staff of Maktsalongen is responsible for taking the decisions of the annual meeting and the board and making those decisions into actions.