Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Gender Research in Norway

Public Agencies
The Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud
The Ombud is an independent agency with the task of promoting equality and combatting discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability and age.

It is also a control body for ensuring compliance with Norwegian gender equality law, and it monitors Norwegian implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
The Equality and Anti-discrimination Tribunal

The Equality and Anti-discrimination Tribunal considers appeals against the statements and decisions made by the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud. Consideration by the Tribunal is free of charge.

The Tribunal is an important contributor to the development of law in the area of equality and discrimination. The Ombud and the Tribunal shall be a real alternative to examination by the Courts in discrimination cases. The Tribunal is an independent administrative body administratively placed under The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion.

The Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion
The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion is the ministry responsible for gender equality issues.

The work of the Ministry centres on efforts to ensure genuine equal opportunities for men and women. The ministry promotes the work of mainstreaming a gender perspective in the national budget.
The Norwegian Government
The Government will combat all forms of discrimination. Everyone has a right to self-development and to utilise his/her abilities and live his/her own life, irrespective of gender, social background, religion, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic background.

The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social inclusion is responsible for coordinating the Government’s family and equality policies and legislation in this area.
The Ministries
Gender equality is also to be mainstreamed in all the work of the state’s central administration. The ministries have the responsibility of promoting gender equality in all their areas of activity. Some ministries and public officies have gender equality as a explicit theme or organisation.
The County Municipalities
There are 19 counties in Norway. The county governors submit annual reports to their principal, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, on the tasks assigned to them. One of these tasks is to fulfil their obligation of actively promoting gender equality as laid down in the Gender Equality Act.
The Municipalities
Many municipalities have gender equality focal points - some have gender equality units, some have gender equality consultants, and some gender equality committees. Other municipalities have decided to mainstream gender equality without focal points.
A website with resources for those who work for an improved gender balance and diversity in the research sector, and those who are interested in issues on gender equality in science. The website is run by Kilden, on assignment for Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research.
Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research
The Committee shall support and give recommendations regarding measures that promote the integration of gender balance and diversity activities at universities, university colleges and research institutes, thus helping to increase diversity among the staff and in research. The Committee shall seek to raise the overall level of awareness of problems related to diversity and inclusion in the research system.
Crisis centres and resource centres for rape victims
There are more than 50 crisis centres in Norway. The size, organisation and ownership of the centres vary from one centre to another. All shelters are fully financed by the municipalities. Some crisis centres are also centres for victims of incest.

The centres provide advice, support and counselling for persons who have been subjected to mistreatment, violence or abuse at home. They also provide temporary shelter for victims and their children. In addition to crisis centres there are two DIXI resource centres for rape victims, which provide assistance for victims of rape.
Pro Sentret
Pro Sentret (the Pro Centre) is a Norwegian national resource centre on all matters related to prostitution. As a social service centre for men and women in prostitution the Pro Centre's main aims are to provide help, support and advice to women and men in prostitution.
Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, NKVTS
Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies develops and disseminates knowledge and competence in the field of violence and traumatic stress. The centre’s objective is to help prevent and reduce the health-related and social consequences that can follow from exposure to violence and traumatic stress. The centre emphasizes issues related to ethnicity and dimensions of age and gender.
The Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research
The Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI) is a governmental unit initiated by the Ministry of Health. The aim of NAKMI is to become a meeting point for minority health issues in Norway, especially for competence concerning somatic and mental health care of immigrants and refugees.
The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
Norad’s mandate is to promote effective management of funds for development assistance and ensure that Norwegian development cooperation is quality assured and evaluated. Norad has two main roles in Norwegian development cooperation:  It acts as technical advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian embassies and it administers assistance for civil society. In the past few years Norwegian development cooperation has reflected an attempt to reorient activities related to women and gender equality.
The Standing Committee on Family and Cultural Affairs
The committee is appointed by the Storting, the Norwegian Parliament. The committee's responsibilities are matters relating to families, children and youth, gender equality, consumer affairs and cultural affairs.
Norway’s implementation of CEDAW
Norway have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women concention (CEDAW) and is legally bound to put its provisions into practice. Norway is also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures taken to comply with the treaty obligations. This Norway's ninth periodical report.
The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights - NCHR - is an independent national human rights institution, a centre for national and international research on human rights, a centre which promotes rights-based development and a centre for human rights education. The NCHR is a centre within the University of Oslo, Norway.
Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs and Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs
The Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs is an agency under the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. It is divided into five underlying regional organisations and an overall executive body, called the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. The Directorate is responsible for services relating to child welfare, family counselling, adoption, violence in close relationships, equality and non-discrimination.
LGBT Knowledge Centre
The LGBT Knowledge Centre is a centre within the Norwegian government whose aim is to increase knowledge about the lives of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons. It is working for a better life for everyone - regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Their goal is to inform civil servants in regional and local authorities in order for them to have a better knowledge about the challenges the LGBT community face in everyday life.