Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Gender Research in Norway

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The Gender Equality Act
The Act relating to Gender Equality (the Gender Equality Act) was adopted by the parliament in 1978. The Act shall promote gender equality and aims in particular at improving the position of women. Women and men shall be given equal opportunities in education, employment and cultural and professional advancement. The law is based on the principle of non-discrimination, which is the cornerstone and basis for promoting gender equality. The Act was revised in 2013, but has not been translated to English.
Guidelines for processing of applications for a residence permit on an independent basis following the death of a sponsor or the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation
This circular provides guidelines on the processing of applications for residence permits on an independent basis pursuant to the Immigration Act section 53.
Origin date: 2012
Penal provision regarding domestic abuse
On 20 December 2005, the Storting adopted a penal provision regarding domestic abuse (section 219 of the Penal Code). The provision came into force on 1 January 2006. In the new provision, it is the perpetrator's long-term terrorisation and abuse of the next-of-kin that constitutes the criminal aspect of the act. The penal provision will strengthen the legal status of women since women are the main victims of intimate partner violence.
Origin date: 2005
Conditions for a period of reflection and temporary residence in Norway
Victims of human trafficking who are not lawfully resident in Norway may be granted a period of reflection of at least 45 days. This means that any rejection and expulsion order may be suspended. The threshold for granting a period of reflection is intentionally low. It is sufficient that the person in question is presumed to be a victim of human trafficking and must be willing to accept help and information.
Origin date: 2004
Act Relating to the Municipal Crisis Centres Services

The Act relating to Municipal Crisis Centre Services (Crisis Centre Act) entered into force 1. January 2010. The purpose of the Crises Centre Act is to ensure the provision of a good, comprehensive crisis centre service for women, men and children who are subjected to domestic violence or threats of such violence. The municipality shall ensure the provision of a crisis centre service that may be used by persons who are subjected to domestic violence or threats of such violence, and who need counselling or safe, temporary accommodation. Individuals may contact the crisis centre service without a referral or an appointment.

Origin date: 2010
Ethical Guidelines for Government Employees prohibiting the Purchase and Acceptance of Sexual Services
In October 2002 the Norwegian government resolved to introduce ethical guidelines for civil servants prohibiting the purchase and acceptance of sexual services. The grounds for this resolution are the increasing problems posed by international prostitution and the trafficking of women and children for sexual purposes.
Origin date: 2002