Norway’s Sectoral Programme for Gender Equality
Gender Equality in the Labour Market
In 2016, the Norwegian parliament passed the government’s white paper on gender equality, in which gender equality in the labour market is one of six main focus areas. This priority will be followed up at the Nordic level in 2017. The main theme for the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2017 (CSW61) is gender equality in the labour market (economic empowerment). In addition, gender equality in the labour market has been highlighted as one of three profile areas in a dedicated initiative from the Nordic prime ministers. The objective with the initiative is to offer Nordic solutions to global challenges. When it comes to women’s participation in the labour market, the Nordic countries are amongst the highest rated in the world. However, there are still a number of unsolved challenges in this area. Norway aims for additional commitment in the following areas:
- Increasing participation in the labour market among women with immigrant background.
- Encouraging people to break free from traditional gender-based educational and career choices.
Norway hosted a Nordic conference on gender equality in the labour market in Oslo 7 and 8 February 2017. The conference also had an international session, as a preparation for the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in 2017.
Support for Gender Equality Projects in the Labour Market
Projects relating to gender equality in the labour market will be given priority within the Nordic Council of Ministers’ support scheme in 2017. Read more about the Nordic Gender Equality Fund: http://www.nikk.no/en/news/apply-funding-nordic-gender-equality-fund/