Gender Equality

People listening to the opening session of CSW. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

Walking to the Unites Nations Headquarter on Monday 27th of February you’d see a mass of women in colorful dresses, talking, laughing and smiling in the sun. All the excitement buzzing in the air is caused by the fact that this is the opening day of the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Read more

Delegates at a previous session of the Commission on the Status of Women. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Emma K Lydersen.

Norway will have a strong presence during the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This is the UN’s key arena for debate on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In the coming weeks Norway will focus on gender equality in the work place, violence against women, rural women's access to clean water and energy, plus the rights of lesbian and bisexual. Read more

Ms. Bachelet at a panel debate hosted by Forum for Women and Development. From left member of The Norwegian Noble Committee, Ms. Ågot Valle, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Gry Larsen, Ms. Bachelet and Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide. 
Photo: Forum for Women and Development.

The head of UN Women, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, has visited Norway, a key supporter of the UN's newest entity. It was in itself an important visit, but the timing made it even more pertinent. Read more

The Laureates will receive their Medals in the Oslo City Hall in December. 
Photo: Flickr.com/Jarle Naustvik.

“I congratulate the three winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman. This is an important recognition of the role they have played in ensuring women’s safety and right to participate in peace-building work,” said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Read more

Dr. Tore Godal and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg visiting Tanzania in 2008. . 
Photo: Prime Minister's Office.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Special Adviser Tore Godal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been included on a list of the 100 most inspiring people with regard to UN Millennium Development Goal 5 – improving maternal health. Read more