Norway and Gender

5/16/2008 // Promoting women’s rights and gender equality is one of Norway’s main focus areas on the national and international level. Norway aims to include gender considerations in Norwegian foreign policy, such as in the areas of peace and reconciliation and development cooperation.

Resolution on Women, Peace and Security
In 2000 the Security Council unanimously adopted the first resolution that specifically addressed the impact of war on women, and women's contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was a milestone for Norway and an essential instrument to promote women’s rights in the UN. In March 2006 Norway launched an action plan to implement SCRes 1325, which is in keeping with Norway’s commitment to promote global security, peace and justice, as set out in the Government’s policy platform.

Action Plan on Gender and Development Cooperation
One year later, in March 2007, a new action plan was launched with the intention to boost efforts to promote women’s rights and gender equality in the international community and among Norway’s cooperation partners. The Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation illustrates Norway’s commitment to be a strong and visible promoter of women’s rights and gender equality in all development efforts.

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Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation

Intensifying Gender Efforts
The January 2008 the white paper On Equal Terms: Women’s rights and gender equality in international development policy further intensified Norway’s efforts to promote women’s rights and gender equality in international development policy. The purpose of this document is to focus attention on and enhance understanding of women’s rights both as goals in themselves and as a necessary prerequisite for achieving other development policy objectives.

Gender Equality Essential in Millennium Development Goals
Promoting gender equality will remain one of Norway’s top priorities in the UN in the years ahead. The Government wants Norway to be a strong promoter of women’s rights and gender equality. Accordingly, the rights, participation and influence of women are to be at the core of Norway’s development cooperation efforts. Our aim is to ensure the realization of the rights of women that are set out in international human rights conventions. This is vital in order to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty.


Source: Velaug Hobbelstad Sælid / Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations   |   Bookmark and Share