Men and women talking together

The Ministry of Children and Equality is responsible for coordinating the Government’s family and equality policies and legislation in this area. The Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion is responsible for immigration and asylum policy. The Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation is responsible for the policy towards the Sami people and minorities.
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Violence against women – our response

With the celebration of the International Women’s Day around the corner, we take the opportunity to focus on violence against women in Europe – a violation of fundamental human rights which cuts across all levels of society.

Gender equality

The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has the coordinating responsibility for gender equality policies. Key measures in the Government's work for gender equality integration are the activity and reporting obligations that are embedded in the Gender Equality and Anti-discrimination Acts, the reporting instruction and the main budget circular from the Ministry of Finance.

Ethnic Discrimination

All people shall have the same rights, obligations and opportunities regardless ethnic background. The Anti-Discrimination Act protects against ethnic discrimination. The Government has an action plan for promoting equality and preventing ethnic discrimination covering the period 2009 – 2012, and this is reviewed on an annual basis through status reports.


The Government aims to ensure that persons with disabilities can protect their rights and obligations as citizens. Persons with disabilities must be ensured living conditions and a quality of life equal to the general population.

Gender Equality in Higher Education

Norway has a very high proportion of women with higher education degrees. In 2004, almost 60 per cent of registered students at Norwegian universities and colleges were women. More than 21 per cent of Norwegian women have a university or college degree, compared with 16 per cent of Norwegian men.

Gender Equality in the Research Sector

In 1992, women accounted for only 21 per cent of all doctorates in Norwegian universities and university colleges. By 2002 the proportion of women had increased significantly to 40 per cent and it has remained stable at this level ever since. However, in 2004 women accounted for only 16 per cent of appointments to professorships, and progress in this area is very slow.

Gender Equality in Comprehensive Education

Work on achieving gender equality in the Norwegian school system has been given a high priority for many years. The content of educational programmes shall have sufficient focus on the question of gender equality, boys and girls shall receive equal treatment at school, and the gender distribution of staff shall be evened out.

Gender Equality in Kindergartens

From 1 January 2006, day care centres come under the Ministry of Education and Research, rather than the Ministry of Children and Equality. This means that day care centres in Norway are regarded as being part of the educational system, part of the learning process.

Review of the accessibility of goods, services and information aimed at the general public

In Proposition to the Odelsting no. 44 (2007-2008) Concerning an Act relating to prohibition against discrimination on the basis of disability (the Anti-Discrimination and Accessibility Act), the Government announced that the Ministry of Children and Equality would do a review of the accessibility of goods, services and information aimed at the general public.

The Norwegian State Council on Disability

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