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Feminism in Practice

Norwegian feminists prevent circumcision in Oslo.


[9. March 2007] As usual, Women's Day has been used for party speeches about everything we want to happen, and as an opportunity to put forward political measures on how to do it. On March 8, Development Minister Erik Solheim and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a new action plan for women and gender equality in developing countries. It proposes that "Norway should say from where others are silent". The action plan goes further than Norway has done in the past, and states that Norwegian aid policy will be more about so-called controversial issues such as abortion and gay rights.

In the introduction to the report, Solheim writes that "Norwegian policy for integrating women's rights and gender equality in development cooperation has been characterized by a great deal of good will, but the efforts have not been systematic enough." . . .

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