Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Gender Research in Norway

Evaluations & Reports
Factbooklet. Summary of Research on Living Conditions and Quality of Life for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Norway.
Factbooklet. Summary of Research on Living Conditions and Quality of Life for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Norway.
The booklet may be used as a reference book based on what is relevant to you and your job. The field of LGBT has many terms and concepts that might be unfamiliar, which is why you will find a glossary at the start of the booklet. In the thematic sections, you will find a summary of recent research, divided into different chapters.
New report on integration presents new action plan
New report on integration presents new action plan
The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion's report "A Comprehensive Integration Policy - Diversity and Community" promises that the Norwegian Government  will present a new action plan to combat forced marriage, genital mutilation and limitations on the freedom of young immigrants.
Origin date: 04.2013
Women, Peace and Security: Norway's Strategic Plan 2011-13. 2011 Progress Report
Women, Peace and Security: Norway's Strategic Plan 2011-13. 2011 Progress Report
In January 2011, the Norwegian Government’s Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security, adopted in 2006, was updated and strengthened through the launch of Women, Peace and Security: Norway’s Strategic Plan 2011-2013. The UN Security Council has adopted four new resolutions on women, peace and security (SCR 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960), and the Norwegian framework needed to be updated. Furthermore, the action plan needed to be translated into concrete action in order to improve the reporting process and the verifiability of Norway’s implementation.
Origin date: 21.05.2012
Supplementary Report to the 8th Norwegian Report to the CEDAW Committee
Supplementary Report to the 8th Norwegian Report to the CEDAW Committee
Norway's Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud has published a supplementary report to Norway's official report to the CEDAW Committee. The Ombud has identified five main issues regarding the Norwegian gender equality policy, which they think is relevant when assessing Norway's compliance with the CEDAW Convention.
Origin date: 25.04.2012
Structure for Equality
Structure for Equality
The Equality Commission was established by a Royal Decree of 12 February 2010 in order to report on Norway’s gender equality policies based on people’s lifecycle, ethnicity and social class. The goal of its work is to lay the foundation for an integrated, knowledge-based equality policy for the future. The commission has now delivered its first report: NOU 2011: 18 Structure for Equality. A summary is available in English.
Origin date: 02.03.2012
Women on Boards in Europe – From a Snail’s Pace to a Giant Leap?
Women on Boards in Europe – From a Snail’s Pace to a Giant Leap?
Norway was the first country in the world to adopt a binding quota law in 2005. The successful example of Norway has been increasingly followed by EU member states. This report assesses the measures adopted to open boardroom doors to women in nine EU member states and in Norway.
Origin date: 29.02.2012
Norway's eight CEDAW report
The eight periodic report to the United Nations on Norway's implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Origin date: 20.09.2010
Commission on Paternity NOU 2009: 5
On 28 March 2008, the Norwegian Government appointed a Commission to propose amendments to the Children Act concerning establishment and change of paternity and maternity, etc. The purpose is to adapt the Act to the major social and technological developments that have taken place with regard to developments in family patterns, the possibility of assisted fertilisation and establishment of paternity with a high degree of certainty.
Origin date: 11.09.2009
Women and International Careers
Women and International Careers
Vipe, Innovation Norway and the Ministry of Children and Equality's report regarding women and international careers.
Origin date: 19.05.2008
Gender and Pay. Facts, analyses and measures to promote equal pay
Gender and Pay. Facts, analyses and measures to promote equal pay
In Norway, women are almost as economically active as men, although there are still certain differences between the sexes. A Commission appointed by the Norwegian Cabinet has provided an overview over differences between women's and men's pay and considered measures to reduce pay differences.
Origin date: 16.05.2008
Norway's 7th CEDAW Report
The seventh periodic report to the United Nations on Norway's implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Origin date: 28.02.2007
Poverty among children, young people and families
Poverty among children, young people and families
Among young people with other non-Western backgrounds, participation in leisure activities is significantly lower than among young people with ethnic Norwegian backgrounds, according to this report. Girls with ethnic minority backgrounds in particular have a low level of participation.
Origin date: 2006
Improving the Security of Refugee and Displaced Women
Recommendations for policy and practice from the International Expert Seminar, 24-25 January 2002, Oslo. The report explores some relevant gender dynamics and suggests recommendations for practitioners on ways to improve the security of refugee and displaced women. 
Origin date: 2002
Norway's 6th CEDAW report
Norway's 6th periodic report to the United Nations on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Origin date: 2002
The UN Secretary-General's study on Violence against Children - Norwegian report
Information from Norway in response to the questionnaire from the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children: "The implementation of measures to combat violence against children is tailored to the different needs of boys and girls, and gender-specific provisions are therefore not specified in central policy documents. These documents do, however, take account of the fact that according to a number of studies, there seems to be a difference in the kind and extent of violence inflicted on girls and boys and that the effects of the same kind of violence are often gender-specific."
Origin date: 02.02.2005
Evaluation of the "Strategy for Women and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation (1997-2005)
The report is an evaluation of the implementation of the Norwegian Strategy for Women and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation. It includes an analysis of how the embassies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Zambia have organised their women and gender equality efforts. The evaluation focuses on bilateral aid, primarily the institutional aspects, including organisation, resources, communication and decision-making. The evaluation was carried out by the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research.
Origin date: 2005
OECD thematic review of tertiary education
The country background report for Norway, which states the national equity objectives: "At least since World War II, education for all has been an ambition and a goal in Norwegian education policy. For higher education, the main national equity objectives may be divided in two groups. The first group is policy focusing on increasing equity of opportunity by improving access to tertiary education, while the second group concerns increasing equity of outcome, and thus focuses more on equity in tertiary education".
Origin date: 2005
HIV positive immigrant women triply discriminated
The Ministry of Health and Care Services described HIV positive immigrant women as triply discriminated - because they are women, because they are immigrants and because they are HIV positive. Women are therefore a high priority target group in the efforts to prevent HIV. In its report, the Ministry states: “In our efforts to prevent HIV and sexually transmissible diseases, we must be aware that there must be great differences in approaches and strategies, based on an evaluation of the target groups and the goals of prevention. Linguistic and cultural barriers often contribute to creating distance between immigrants and the health service. It has proved to be extremely important to use people from peer groups when informing people about issues such as cohabitation, sexuality, HIV and sexually transmissible diseases."

Paragraph 247 in the 17th / 18th periodic report submitted by Norway under article 9 of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Origin date: 2005
Human rights 2004/2005 - Annual Report on Norway's Efforts to Promote Human Rights
For many years Norway has provided support to the United Nations, the World Bank and the regional development banks in order to strengthen funds, programmes, activities and expertise that promote gender equality. The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are some examples of funds and organisations whose efforts targeting women and gender equality receive special support from Norway. From the chapter on gender equality; "Women’s assumption of positions of power and their entry into the public arena is a significant factor in the development of democracy and human rights. Women in Norway have attained a relatively strong position in political leadership, but less progress has been made as regards women’s influence and representation in business, the industry and the media."
Origin date: 2005
Purchasing Sexual Services in Sweden and the Netherlands. Regulation and Experiences
A report from the Norwegian Working Group on the Legal Regulation of the Purchase of Sexual Services.
Origin date: 21.12.2004
Implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Norway's fifth periodic report to the UN Human Rights Committee
The report summarizes: "Norwegian women are well integrated into working and political life, the welfare system ensures that poverty is a relatively marginal phenomenon and single parents, mostly women, are ensured necessary public support. This does not mean, however, that there are no gender gaps and challenges to gender equality. The most important ones are related to the economic sphere, gender-based violence and the interface between gender and other forms of discrimination such as ethnic background, disability and sexual orientation."
Origin date: 2004
Implementation of the Beijing platform for action (1997-99)
Norway’s second national report on the Follow-up to the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995.
Origin date: 1999
Nordic Expert Meeting on a Joint Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender Equality Agenda
The Governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (the Nordic countries), within the context of their partnership on gender equality, women’s rights, democracy and development hosted an international expert meeting in Oslo on 12-13 November 2009.