Gender and Equality Internationally

Change in Norms, Cultures, Power Structures, and Politics

Gender Equality in legislation and in practice is at the core of KVINFO’s international work. It supports political representation, combats gender-based violence and ensures sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Gender Equality Top 189

The UN’s index on gender equality covers 189 countries. The countries in which KVINFO works internationally place themselves differently. Morocco is number 121, Egypt is number 116, Jordan number 102 and Tunisia number 95. Lebanon takes place number 92. Ukraine ranks 74 and Georgia 61.

In comparison, Denmark is number 10, and Norway has the first place.

KVINFO’s international work takes place in countries with a pronounced lack of gender equality and where work with gender and equality provides an important and effective focus area for creating a more free and equal society. We work in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon in the so-called MENA region and in Ukraine and Georgia.

The work takes differnt forms, ranging from running of women’s shelters in collaboration with partners, to advocating for law reform and challenging norms and traditions that limit people according to stereotypical gender norms.

Common to all parts of the work is that it contributes to meeting the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, and that it is based on a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA). It is an approach to international development cooperation that considers it a duty to respect, protect and fulfill rights, rather than, as in the past, see development work as charity.

KVINFO always works closely with local organisations in the countries concerned and regionally. The partnerships ensure efficiency and sustainability in the work by using local knowledge of needs and context and by focusing on local ownership in all parts of a project or programme. Some projects also have Danish organisations as partners. They are Danner, the Women’s Council Denmark, LGBT+ Danmark and DFPA.

KVINFO’s international work is finansed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP), the European Union, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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