Women's rights and gender equality

The fundamental aim of Norway's gender equality efforts is to increase the opportunities available to women and girls, promote their right to self-determination, and further their empowerment. This is crucial if girls, boys, women and men are to have equal rights and equal opportunities.

Norway has a long tradition of working for women's rights and gender equality. If we are to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality must be at the heart of the international agenda.

In September 2016, the Government launched a new action plan for this work, Freedom, empowerment and opportunities – Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy 2016-2020. (The Norwegian version of the action plan.)

The Action Plan sets out five objectives. Norway will work to promote:

  • inclusive and equitable equality education for all girls and boys
  • women's equal participation in political life
  • full economic rights for women and equal opportunities for women to participate in the labour market
  • the elimination of violence and harmful practices against girls and women
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls and women.