What do we do?
We cooperate with academic institutions, professional groups and civil society organisations in Asia. We support the production of books, textbooks and handbooks and organise education and network activities on issues related to equality and non-discrimination. Issues we work on include gender equality and human rights, legal aid for marginalised groups, domestic violence, inequality and rights to the city, disability rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), as well as inequality and climate change.
Why is this important?
Equality and non-discrimination principles are present in all of the instruments in the International Bill of Human Rights and are found in a number of specialized UN human rights treaties. The Sustainable Development Goals also focus on reduction of inequality and on gender equality.
Although these instruments offer protection and prohibition, discriminatory attitudes and practices are abundant and inequality is still a major global human rights challenge.
Intersectional approach to discrimination
People can experience layers of inequality and cumulative discrimination based on multiple identities in the different groups they belong to, for example discrimination based on both disability and gender at the same time. A disabled woman and a disabled man in Norway may be treated unequally. A disabled woman in Norway may also experience different discriminatory practices than a disabled woman in Hong Kong. It is important to explore and take into account the interdependence and complexity of identities in order to effectively combat prejudice and intolerance. The NCHR is working to build knowledge and ensure capacity-building in academia and civil society on these issues, in order to ensure a better understanding and a more effective implementation of human rights.
For questions concerning equality and non-discrimination, contact Elisabeth Perioli Bjørnstøl.