Norway extends mandatory military service to women

Norway has voted to extend mandatory military conscription to all citizens, regardless of gender, the first peacetime European or NATO country to do so. Women will now likely face one year of military service as of 2015. Norway's parliament overwhelmingly backed a resolution on Friday, which urges the government to push ahead with legislation on gender neutral conscription. "Rights and duties should be the same for all," said Labour lawmaker Laila Gustavsen, a supporter of the bill. … [Read more...]

Norwegian Government and ECLAC Sign Cooperation Agreement to Promote Equality

(June 2013) Today in Oslo, the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) signed an economic cooperation agreement aimed at sharing experiences and lesson learned in the building of social pacts for equality. Heikki Eidsvoll Holmas, Norwegian Minister for International Development, and Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, signed the agreement which will focus on the assessment of public policies and social and … [Read more...]

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