The Nordic Women’s University was established in 2011 with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, and is hosted by Nesna University College, one of the 24 Norwegian state university colleges. The Nordic Women’s University represents a continuation of and adheres to the statutes of the previous Norwegian Women’s University, established by Professor and former Member of Parliament Berit Ås in 1983.

The objective of the Nordic Women’s University is to conduct research, teaching and disseminate information about women’s issues, grounded in feminist values and feminist pedagogics and with particular emphasis on Nordic and international perspectives. We focus in particular on three main areas:

1) women, work, economy and wages
2) women and reproductive work
3) violence against women