The event is being run under the title "Barbershop", though its agenda features neither the stropping of cut-throat razors nor the harmonious sounds of early twentieth century popular song.
Instead, the conference is organized by the Ministry of Welfare in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and advance publicity material says: "Oftentimes gender equality debates lack men’s point of view. The Barbershop conference offers a place for dialogues and discussions in a 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."
The event starts at 10:00 Rīga time and can be watched live via the link below, in English. The full running order and the list of speakers [which includes Rīga mayor Mārtiņš Staķis] is provided in the attachment to this story.