Women and gender equality

In many parts of the world, women’s political and economic participation is still very limited. Many women lack control over their own sexuality and fertility or face gender-based violence inside and outside the family. This is not only unfair and in violation of women’s human rights, it also undermines efforts to achieve sustainable development and economic growth. Women’s rights and gender equality are therefore at the core of Norway’s development cooperation and peace and security efforts.

Fra reise til Kongo 2009. Foto: Hilse Klemetsdal, UDIn many parts of the world, women’s political and economic participation is still very limited. Many women lack control over their own sexuality and fertility or face gender-based violence inside and outside the family.  This is not only unfair and in violation of women’s human rights, it also undermines efforts to achieve sustainable development and economic growth. Women’s rights and gender equality are therefore at the core of Norway’s development cooperation and peace and security efforts.

A key element of development policy

Article Last updated: 2012-08-06

The present Government has intensified efforts to promote women’s rights and gender equality. This is in line with its policy platform, which identifies women’s rights and gender equality as a key element of development policy. This is a cross-cutting field that spans all areas for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible, not just development policy.

Women’s organisations and networks

Article Last updated: 2012-08-06

An active civil society is of crucial importance for true democracy and development. Voluntary organisations and other civil society organisations play an important role by supplementing public-sector services and by mobilising women and raising their awareness.

The Ministry’s efforts to combat conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence

Article Last updated: 2018-11-21

Sexual violence in armed conflict is a serious form of abuse. It is a violation of international law and a major, persistent threat to security. Sexual violence is sometimes used strategically and tactically by armed groups; at other times it forms part of a generally high level of violence. Either way, this type of violence is a widespread threat and a cause of destabilisation, both during and after conflicts.

UN Women

Article Last updated: 2012-07-19

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – UN Women – was established by the UN General Assembly in July 2010.

CSW: Gender equality and the empowerment of women

Speech/statement Date: 2012-02-29

This statement was delivered by State Secretary of the Ministry Foreign Affairs, Ingrid Fiskaa, during the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York 29th of February 2012.

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