Gender Equality

Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret.

Thousands of delegates gather in mid-town Manhattan this week for the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Norway will be represented by State Secretary for Gender Equality, Ms. Henriette Westhrin, and State Secretary for International Development, Ms. Ingrid Fiskaa, along with a strong Norwegian civil society presence. Read more

Violence is a problem, not only in Uganda, but in many post-conflict communities - here a woman campaigner in Liberia. 
Photo: UN Photo/Christopher Herwig.

Six out of ten women in Uganda say they have been beaten or raped in their own homes. The Government has now decided to contribute about USD 10.8 million (more than NOK 60 million) to the United Nations to combat violence against women in the country. Read more

Photo: Martin Lerberg Fossum.

UN Women Head Michelle Bachelet presented five major priorities for the new UN organiztion, well in line with Norwegian gender discrimination policies. Read more

Minister for International Development, Erik Solheim, with school children in Madagascar.

Norway has signed a new two-year agreement with UNICEF worth USD 166 million (NOK one billion). The Norwegian funding will be used to ensure that children are able to go to school in crisis and conflict situations and to improve the quality of education in several countries. In addition, this money will used with particular focus on girls’ access to education. Read more

ECOSOC President Hamidon Ali, centre, during the election of UN Women's Executive Board. 
Photo: UN Photo/Ryan Brown.

Norway has been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the UN’s new gender entity, UN Women. Iran was not elected, despite the fact that the Asian Group initially had nominated the country as one of ten to ten seats. In the last week before the vote, East Timor launched its candidacy thus becoming the eleventh Asian candidate. East Timor went on to beat Iran with 36 to 19 votes. Read more