The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals defines gender quality as a global priority by naming it one of 17 goals to be reached by 2030. Women are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and abuse in fragile states and in situations where people are fleeing their homes, something that is unfortunately relevant today.
Norway has long experience with policies for gender equality. Moreover, this is not only an important national goal, but also an important part of Norwegian development policy. The realization of women’s human rights is not only a goal in itself, it is also a driver of democracy, sustainable development, poverty eradication, stability and sustainable peace. To target this effort, the Government launched the action plan “Freedom, empowerment and opportunities”, which is now available in English. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will translate the plan into action by providing funding for concrete measures, and by working to develop policy and normative processes.
The Action Plan sets out five objectives:
• inclusive and equitable equality education for all girls and boys
• women's equal participation in political life
• full economic rights for women and equal opportunities for women to participate in the labour market
• the elimination of violence and harmful practices against girls and women
• sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls and women.