Women’s Health Commission submits report

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The Minister of Health and Care Services, Ingvild Kjerkol, received the Norwegian Official Report (NOU), titled “The Big Difference: On Women’s Health in Norway and Why Sex and Gender Matter” from the Women’s Health Comission.

The commission was led by Professor Christine Meyer and their report was submitted on 2 March.

The commission’s aim was to give an updated overview on the field of women’s health in Norway, as well as on sex and gender differences in health. In accordance with their political platform, the government has announced that they will develop a new strategy for women’s health based on the priorities and measures outlined in the commission’s report.

The NOU was submitted to the Storting (parliament) on 8 March 2023, the International Women’s Day.

"We have received a thorough report from the Women’s Health Commission. Many have great expectations as to how the government will follow up the commission’s findings and measures. In recent years attention to women’s health has increased, and I look forward to the input from the public consultation (in Norwegian), which we will use when developing the strategy on women’s health. We hope to present the strategy in early 2024", says Ingvild Kjerkol, Minister of Health and Care Services.

The Women’s Health Commission has also examined health challenges facing women as well as their use of healthcare services. They have also investigated how sex and gender differences and perspectives are handled in public health work, in the healthcare services, and in research and education.