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Ambassador of Norway – Trine Skymoen

This week we talk to the Ambassador of Norway, Trine Skymoen, who is the Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, and Madagascar. We discuss Norway’s development programmes in Africa that focus on empowering women, emphasising the political, moral and economic benefits behind this initiative. In terms of gender equality we stress that both men and women must take responsibility to achieve gender equality. Some of the factors that contribute to gender equality include: shared parental responsibility; ensuring girls and boys receive the same level; instituting quota systems (in 2006 Norway introduced legislation stating that companies listed on the Norwegian stock exchange required a minimum of 40% women); role models (to date Norway has had two female prime ministers). Tune in for more…

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