Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Gender Research in Norway

Action plans
Action Plan for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy 2016-2020

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.

Origin date: 02.09.2016
National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2015-2018
National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2015-2018
Norway’s National Action Plan is our tool for achieving the aims of the UN Security Council resolutions. It provides a basis for the work of the ministries and establishes a clear direction and goals for Norway’s efforts in this area. We will seek to change attitudes, build expertise and keep up the pressure to ensure that the aims of the resolutions are achieved.
Origin date: 02.17.2015
National strategy to combat violence and sexual abuse against children and youth (2014–2017)
National strategy to combat violence and sexual abuse against children and youth (2014–2017)
As a society, Norway has come a long way in its efforts to protect children and adolescents from violence, sexual abuse and bullying. All the same, violence and sexual abuse, whether in the family or elsewhere, are a part of daily life for many children. The strategy and programmatic measures presented here are the result of collaboration and coordination among four ministries. It is the shared foundation of knowledge and set of priorities for combating violence and sexual abuse against children and young people, both within the family and in the other environments they frequent.
Origin date: 24.01.2014
Equal rights - equal opportunities. Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy 2013-15
 Equal rights - equal opportunities. Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Foreign and Development Policy 2013-15
Gender equality is a goal in its own right - we have a moral obligation to promote and protect women’s fundamental human rights. Gender equality is,however, also one of the most effective drivers of economic development, fairdistribution, peace and democracy. Gender equality means putting an end todiscrimination and that making it possible for everyone to live to their full potential.
Action plan against forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and severe restrictions on young people`s freedom (2013-2016)
Action plan against forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and severe restrictions on young people`s freedom (2013-2016)
Young people should be able to choose their education, their career and their future partners. Children and adolescents have the right to a life free from violence and serious restrictions to their individual freedom. Forced marriage and female genital mutilation are defined as domestic violence. These are serious violations of Norwegian law and of basic human rights.
Origin date: 20.09.2013
Equality 2014 - The Norwegian Governments' gender equality action plan
Equality 2014 - The Norwegian Governments' gender equality action plan
In this action plan the Government wants to provide a comprehensive description of political goals, strategies and measures to promote gender equality. The plan will be a tool to help implement and further develop equality policy in the years to come.
Origin date: 16.08.2012
Action Plan against Domestic Violence 2012
Action Plan against Domestic Violence 2012
The Government gives priority to preventing and combating domestic violence by working for a more secure, just and egalitarian society. In line with its policy platform, the Government will continue, intensify and improve the work against domestic violence.
Origin date: 05.06.2012
United against human trafficking. The Government’s Plan of Action against Human Trafficking (2011–2014)
 United against human trafficking. The Government’s Plan of Action against Human Trafficking (2011–2014)
The Government's new action plan against human trafficking is part of the long-term efforts to combat all forms of human trafficking, whether national or international. The action plan has been drawn up by the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Ministry of Justice and the Police, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Origin date: 13.12.2011
Women, Peace and Security: Norway's strategic plan 2011-13
Women, Peace and Security: Norway's strategic plan 2011-13
Norway's strategic plan for 2011-13 is an updated and enhanced version of the 2006 Action Plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The main objective of the new plan is to strengthen the participation of women in peace and security efforts.
Origin date: 21.02.2011
Improving quality of life among lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans persons
Improving quality of life among lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans persons
By means of this action plan the Norwegian Government wishes to place the LGBT perspective in all policy areas and in the ministries involved.
Origin date: 01.07.2009
Action Plan for Combating Female Genital Mutilation (2008 - 2011)
Action Plan for Combating Female Genital Mutilation (2008 - 2011)
February 5th 2008, the Government launched a new four-year's Plan for Combating Genital Mutilation. The Plan contains 41 measures. The Plan constitutes a broad initiative against genital mutilation aimed at both prevention and securing easy accessible health care for women and girls who has been exposed to genital mutilation.
Origin date: 21.07.2008
Action Plan against Domestic Violence 2008-2011 - Turning point
Action Plan against Domestic Violence 2008-2011 - Turning point
Through this Action Plan, the Government is introducing measures that will help ensure that the police, educational institutions and support services are better trained, better coordinated and more capable of detecting, preventing and dealing with the many complex issues raised by domestic violendce. The measures contained in ths Action Paln will be implemented in the period 2008-2011.
Origin date: 2008
Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation
Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation
On 8 March 2007 State Secretary Anne Stenhammer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, launched the Norwegian Government's new Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in Development Cooperation.
Origin date: 08.03.2007
The Norwegian Government’s Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security
The Norwegian Government’s Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security
The Government (2005-2009) has developed a Norwegian action plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The plan was developed by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice and the Police, and Children and Equality. The implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 is in keeping with Norway’s commitment to promoting global security, peace and justice, as set out in the Government’s policy platform.
Origin date: 08.03.2006
The Norwegian Government’s Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking [2006–2009]
The Norwegian Government’s Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking [2006–2009]
The Action Plan contains measures designed both to prevent, detect and prosecute crimes linked to trafficking in women and children, and to protect and assist those who have been and are victims of such crimes.
Origin date: 2006
Norwegian Action Plan for Environment in Development Cooperation
Norwegian Action Plan for Environment in Development Cooperation
Norway intends to support both Norwegian and international NGOs, focusing particularly on and promoting the participation of women in the management of natural resources. The plan also states that “key principles are that developing countries must own their development agenda, and that our contributions must be rights-based and emphasise women’s rights and their importance for development." 
Origin date: 2006
Strategy for Norway’s culture and sports co-operation with countries in the South
Strategy for Norway’s culture and sports co-operation with countries in the South
The strategy covers the period 2006-2015, and will be reviewed and, if necessary, revised in 2010. It is states that "promoting girls’ right to take part in sport on an equal footing with boys, for instance, is controversial in many communities."
Origin date: 2005
Domestic Violence (2004-2007)
Domestic Violence (2004-2007)
The approach of this action plan to help and protection is to take victims of violence and their experiences seriously. The measures in the plan aim to support the victims’own efforts to get out of the situation they are in and to make it possible for them to take responsibility for their own lives and for the lives of any children they may have.
Origin date: 25.06.2004
The Norwegian Government's international action plan for combating female genital mutilation 2003
The Norwegian Government's international action plan for combating female genital mutilation 2003
The action plan is a contribution in the efforts to promote the fundamental human rights and health of girls and women, and is a follow-up to the Norwegian Government’s Action Plan for Combating Poverty in the South, which was launched in March 2002.
Origin date: 2003
The Government's initiative against genital mutilation in 2002
The Government's initiative against genital mutilation in 2002
The action plan against genital mutilation was put forward in December 2000. The plan includes many measures.
Origin date: 2002
National Plan of Action to Combat Racism and Discrimination (2002–2006)
National Plan of Action to Combat Racism and Discrimination (2002–2006)
The plan states that: It is particularly difficult for people who are discriminated against both on grounds of their beliefs, skin colour or ethnic or national background and on other grounds, such as gender, disability, illness or sexual orientation. In these cases, discrimination within a person’s community or family is an additional burden on top of the discrimination exercised by the majority community.
Origin date: 2002
Action plan against forced marriages
In 1997 the Storting (Parliament) asked the then current government to make an action plan against forced marriages. The plan aims to prevent young people from being exposed to forced marriage and to provide better help and support to young people who are, or have been exposed to forced marriage.
Origin date: 2001