Partner spotlight: Norway


A longstanding champion of gender equality, the Government of Norway has been a key supporter of UN Women from its establishment in 2011 to date. While the Government of Norway notes the importance of reliable core funding and prioritizes its commitment to UN Women by ensuring early payment of core funding, it also provides strategic non-core resources. The range of thematic and geographic areas supported by Norway, from strengthening women’s leadership and political participation in southern Africa to measuring climate change impact on women and their livelihoods in Bangladesh, reflects the alignment of Norway’s development priorities with UN Women’s mandate.

Norway is also an important advocate for the integration of gender equality in UN reform processes and a supporter of UN Women’s work for greater coordination of gender equality in the UN system.

Norway is UN Women’s second-largest aggregate contributor and continues to be a vital provider of both regular and other resources. Between 2011 and 2018, Norway has provided an aggregate contribution of USD 203.6 million to UN Women. In 2018, Norway was the fifth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 10.8 million and the third-largest total government contributor with USD 25.4 million.

Norway’s support for UN Women’s work on issues such as women’s participation in peace processes and peacebuilding, economic empowerment, and integrating a gender perspective to climate resilience remains vital to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This partnership continues to grow and impact the lives of women and girls as we work to ensure no one is left behind.

Together we have achieved

Martha Alicia Benavente. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”
Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala, trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Photo: UN Women/Caitlin Gordon-King

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens
The Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping, is a two-week course organized by UN Women and partners that provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

Awareness raising session on early marriage held at the Jordanian Women's Union center in Hitteen supported by UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF with the generous support of the Kingdom of Norway. Photo credits: UN Women/ Christopher Herwig

Survivors find hope in women’s centres across Jordan
At 16 years of age, Maysam Hamed found herself in the women’s prison in Jordan. Her crime was that she had run away from child abuse at her father’s house and had found herself on the streets, until the authorities took her in for administrative detention. What follows is a cycle of abuse that Hamed is finally able to break out of, with sustained support through a multi-sectoral joint programme by UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the Jordanian Women’s Union.

Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca. Photo: UN Women

From where I stand: “It is time that the world hears our voice”
Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is an indigenous youth activist from Brazil. Since leaving her home at 17, she has embarked on a relentless pursuit of rights and recognition for young indigenous women.

Aisulu Jenalieva. Photo: UN Women/Aijamal Duishebaeva

In the words of Aisulu Jenalieva: “Women can have more freedom and men can share domestic work”
Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district’s first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. Her entire perspective has changed since participating in the project.