Equality and diversity

Everyone living in Norway should have equal opportunities to contribute and to participate in the community, regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation and disability.

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Sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression

Everyone has the same rights, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Kvinner og menn på rekke

Gender Equality

We want to strengthen gender equality and create better protection against discrimination for all. A society free from discrimination is a prerequisite for equality and equal opportunities. Therefore, we must have strong and clear legislation that prevents discrimination on the grounds of gender and strives for effective legal protection.

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Persons with disabilities have the same rights as other people. Policies for persons with disabilities shall build on equality and equal status, self-determination, involvement, participation and inclusion.

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