The Norwegian Women’s Lobby (NWL) works to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
NWL was founded in 2014 by the key women’s rights NGOs in Norway and has ten member organisations. NWL brings together both the key women’s organisations and the leading experts on women’s rights in Norway. NWL has a key function in monitoring the implementation of the CEDAW Convention in Norway.
The establishment of NWL 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 and the European 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 founding organisations as “the very foundation of the efforts to advance women’s rights in Norway.”
– Finally! It is very important that so many women’s organisations now unite to work for a strengthened and better gender equality situation in Norway
Sunniva Ørstavik, Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, 2014
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 CEDAW Convention to the CEDAW Committee.
- WILPF Norway
- Legal Aid for Women
- Secretariat of the Shelter Movement
- Women’s Front of Norway
- Feminist Group Ottar
- Nordic Women’s University
- MiRA Resource Centre for Black, Immigrant and Refugee Women
- Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights
- Norwegian Female Lawyers’ Association
- Sámi Women’s Network