OSLO, 29 November - A new parliamentary group on SRHR for the period 2017-2021 was established at a meeting in the Stortinget (the Norwegian parliament). 28 MPs from all 9 political parties in the parliament signed up for the group.
The main theme of its first meeting was the global gag rule, where Sarah Onyango from IPPF presented. In the discussion with the MPs the importance of Norway, where all political parties support an SRHR agenda, taking a lead on these issues in a time where many other countries are seeing set backs was highlighted.
The group discussed activities and endorsed plans to have a conference on SRHR in humanitarian affairs, an exchange with the parliament in Mozambique and a study trip to Brussels among the activities in 2018. It also agreed to have a bigger focus on national SRHR issues and in particular discussed comprehensive sexuality education.
The first activity will be a sexuality education seminar in February.
The group elected Heidi Nordby Lunde from the Norwegian conservative party Høyre (EPP) as its new chair and Kari Elisabeth Kaski from the Norwegian left socialist party SV (GUE/NGL) as its vice chair.
The APPG reaffirmed Sex og Politikk (IPPF Norway) as its secretariat.