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In 2004, Norway introduced a 40 percent gender representation quota for the board members of state owned companies and privately owned public limited companies. In this interview with TPQ, the Minister who has led this initiative explains why this was necessary and articulates where the future lies for gender  equality in the country.

“The silliest thing I hear is that we don’t have enough qualified women. In Norway,there are a high number of women in paid work and Norwegian women are highly educated. The reason is not that we do not have enough qualified women –indeed we do– it is that women’s competence is often ignored. We regard the legislation regarding women on companies’ boards as an important step towards equality between the sexes, a more balanced distribution of power, and a fairer and wealthier society."

 

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Karita Bekkemellem
Karita Bekkemellem
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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