International Women’s Day Breakfast Discussion on the 8th of March: Consent law, no blurred lines?

Online / The Norwegian Embassy in Brussels


WHEN? Tuesday, 8th March, 09:00 - 10:30 CET

WHERE? online

Consent law, no blurred lines? Our annual International Women’s Day Nordic Breakfast Discussion will focus this year on consent law.

Most citizens today consider rape as “sex without consent”. Yet, for years the worldwide legislation did not match this public opinion – until now. In 2022, several Nordic countries have implemented consent laws in their legislation. What are the stories leading up to the adoption of consent law? What are the reasons for many Nordic countries to have adopted the consent law? What are the consequences of legally defining rape as “sex without consent”? What does the adoption of a consent law mean for gender equality? Led by these questions, the Nordic breakfast discussion will take a deeper look into the reasons behind the adoption of a consent law.


Turið Maria Jóhansdóttir, Chairperson of Amnesty International in the Faroe Islands

Thorbjorg Gunnlaugsdottir, Member of the Icelandic Parliament

Jo Martin Stigen, Law professor at University of Oslo, specialist in international and Norwegian criminal law

Ida Östensson, Feminist and co-founder of the FATTA movement

The panel will be moderated by Catherine Van De Heyning and the welcome speech and introduction will be given by the Norwegian ambassador Per Sjaastad.

The event is streamed live from the Norwegian Embassy in Brussels. Stay up to date with the latest news by attending the event on Facebook and register for the free online event via eventbrite. The Zoom link will be sent to closer to the event for everyone who has registered via eventbrite.

The International Women’s Day Nordic Breakfast Discussion is organised by the Norwegian Embassy, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of Iceland, the Embassy of Denmark and The Mission of the Faroes to the European Union.