The Norwegian Women’s Lobby and five other NGOs organised the traditional torchlight parade in Oslo in honour of Nobel Peace Prize laureates Naria Murad and Denis Mukwege on 10 December 2018. 4,000 people participated in the parade. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
The Socialist Left Party demands support for the Norwegian Women’s Lobby, for the fifth year in a row. The umbrella organization for the Norwegian women’s movement still receives no state support, after five years of activity. The lack of state support is discrimination against women concludes an expert report to the UN written by Supreme Court justice Karin Bruzelius.
Rachel Eapen Paul was elected as a member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) at the meeting of the state parties in Strasbourg on 24 May 2018, as the candidate nominated by the Government of Norway. Paul is Policy Director for Gender-Based Violence at the Office of the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud and a board member of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby.
The annual meeting of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby (NWL) took place in Oslo on 23 May. Ragnhild Hennum, Professor of Public Law at the University of Oslo and Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, was reelected as President. See the full executive board here.
Fakhra Salimi, Executive Director of the MiRA Resource Centre for Black, Immigrant and Refugee Women and Vice President of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby (NWL), has received the Norwegian Association of Lawyers’ Prize for the Advancement of the Rule of Law, for her efforts to promote the rights of immigrant and refugee women.
The state has an important role to play in funding women’s rights organizations as part of the necessary democratic infrastructure that is needed for equal participation, says Margunn Bjørnholt, the President of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby.
The women’s organisations are important for promoting women’s rights, said Margunn Bjørnholt, the President of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby, when she met Baroness Anelay, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, for a discussion on women’s human rights on 24 November 2014 in Oslo.
– Today’s underfunding of the work to eliminate all discrimination against women in Norway, including the underfunding of women’s organizations, is a serious obstacle to full democracy and full equality between women and men, said NWL President Margunn Bjørnholt in the public hearing on the 2015 state budget in the Norwegian Parliament on 10 November.
The board of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby met with the Minister of Children and Equality, Solveig Horne, on 26 June. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the minister about our new organisation and to enter into dialogue about our role as a link between the women’s movement and the government.
On 27 January 2014 all the key Norwegian women’s rights organisations founded the Norwegian Women’s Lobby (NWL), a new umbrella organisation for the Norwegian women’s movement that will work to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls.