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The Foreigner Norway to front women’s rights internationally. The Norwegian government launches an action plan for women's rights and gender equality in foreign and development policies. “We are constantly reminded that the women’s rights in the world are weak. These are under pressure in several countries. At the same time we see brave men and women who stand up and fight for gender equality and women's dignity,” said Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide. In making his statement, the Foreign Minister cites the case of Pakistani student and women’s education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

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Norway to front women’s rights internationally

Published on Friday, 16th August, 2013 at 08:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian government launches an action plan for women's rights and gender equality in foreign and development policies.



“We are constantly reminded that the women’s rights in the world are weak. These are under pressure in several countries. At the same time we see brave men and women who stand up and fight for gender equality and women's dignity,” said Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

In making his statement, the Foreign Minister cites the case of Pakistani student and women’s education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai.

On 9 October 2012, Taliban insurgents tried to assassinate her, shooting the then 15-year-old in the head and neck at close range in the Swat Valley, northwest of the country’s capital Islamabad.

She was airlifted to a military hospital in Peshawar in a critical condition, where she underwent surgery. Her condition later improved sufficiently for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK.

Following her recovery, she celebrated her 16th birthday on 12th July this year on what was termed Malala Day, leading the first ever youth takeover of the UN in New York.

"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first," she said.

Talking of the plan, Foreign Minister Barth Eide declared, “Pakistani girl Malala’s struggle has made ​​an impression on many, also in Norway. We will therefore increase our engagement for women's rights and gender equality worldwide.”

It also involves strengthening the Foreign Ministry and embassies’ work using specific supervisors, systematic assessment of gender equality when it comes to all matters the Ministry handles at home, and through improved training.

The plan’s goal is for all employees at all Norwegian embassies to become so-termed equality ambassadors.

“Equal opportunity does not come by itself. We know that from countries including our own. Therefore, Norway will be a clear and courageous voice for women's rights,” said International Development Minister Heikki Holmås.

Malala Yousafzai is set to visit Ireland next week to receive the Tipperary International Peace Prize.

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) director Kristian Berg Harpviken puts her on his annual list of possible Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

There are 259 candidates for this year’s award, the highest-ever. 50 of these are organisations.

Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjørn Jagland, will announce the list on Friday 11th October at 11am.



Published on Friday, 16th August, 2013 at 08:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: womensrights, nobelpeaceprize, equalitynorway.





  
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