Nordic countries are considered the most advanced in terms of gender equality and are taken as an example. At the same time, they present alarming high rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. This contradiction is the so-called “Nordic Paradox”.
In 2016, the European Commission stressed the following: “If key actions and gender mainstreaming were necessary, so was the allocation of relevant EU-level funding”. To address this situation, gender budgeting comes into play.