Norwegian government calls for stronger collective action on women's and girls' rights

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister of International Development Dag Inge Ulstein, and Minister of Culture and Equality Abid Q. Raja published a joint speech on the International Day of the Girl Child in which they focused on the setback for women's and girls' rights during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The ministers emphasized that education for girls is an important intersectional area for Norwegian development assistance and called for a stronger international collective action to achieve gender equality and to prevent the consequences of the ongoing pandemic. 

Some other areas they listed as important to address are the following:

  • Preventing conjugal slavery (forced and child marriage) and female genital mutilation (FGM);
  • Strengthening efforts to stop gender-based violence (GBV) and increase access to sexual and reproductive health services; 
  • Decreasing infant mortality and maternal mortality; and 
  • Protecting children’s vaccination programs (Norway is working hard to combat this with its leading position in global health and increased funding to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance). 

Press release - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)