Women’s rights and gender equality are a priority area for Norwegian foreign and development policy, and a topic that other countries frequently raise in dialogue with Norwegian authorities. There is a call for Norwegian experiences with gender equality work as Norway has relatively good results to show in this area.
Gender equality for development began in 2017. The programme is a central element in the implementation of the Norwegian government’s action plan for women’s rights and gender equality, and focuses on five thematic priority areas.
The objective of the programme – also referred to as LiKE – is to reduce poverty by strengthening the capacity of developing countries to prepare and implement legislation and policy that yield results for women’s rights and gender equality.
For example, Norway has experienced that women’s economic participation has made a significant contribution to Norway’s economic growth since the 1970s, while economic independence has helped to enhance the position of women in the home and in society.
The programme will concern technical cooperation on gender equality between Norway and authorities in countries that request capacity building and institutional development. The programme will help to transfer experiences and expertise between institutions at government level.
In 2018, Norway is in dialogue with Nepal and Ethiopia regarding possible institutional cooperation.
Norad is the secretariat for the programme. The steering group consists of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality.
The Ministry of Children and Equality and the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs play a central role in the planning and implementation of the programme from the Norwegian side.
It may also be relevant eventually to involve other Norwegian actors with responsibility for aspects of gender equality work in Norway in the programme, contingent upon requests from the partner countries.