The Norwegian Women’s Lobby – an umbrella organisation for the Norwegian women’s rights organisations

The Norwegian Women’s Lobby (NWL) works to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls. NWL is an umbrella organisation for the Norwegian women’s rights organisations, and was founded in 2014. NWL has ten member organisations.

Our aim is to promote women’s human rights, on the basis of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action and other fundamental international agreements. The establishment of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby was initiated by Torild Skard, the former Chairman of UNICEF, and was in accordance with the recommendations of the government-appointed Gender Equality Commission of 2010, which was chaired by Hege Skjeie. The Norwegian Women’s Lobby is modelled after the Swedish Women’s Lobby. Our member organisations constitute the core of the women’s movement of Norway and have been championing women’s rights since 1884; the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud has described our member organisations as “the very foundation of the efforts to promote women’s rights in Norway.”

The Executive Board is the political leadership of NWL; since 2017 Ragnhild Hennum (Professor of Public Law and former Pro-Rector of the University of Oslo) is President of NWL. The Expert Committee is an independent body of experts tasked with making policy recommendations in fields that affect women and girls and gender equality; the Committee is chaired by Cathrine Holst (Professor of Sociology, University of Oslo). NWL prepares shadow reports on Norway’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to the CEDAW Committee.

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