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Women now lead all the party delegations in Parliament

Officials at the Norwegian Parliament took what they called an “historic photo” last week, on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8. They’d suddenly realized that all the parliamentary delegations for the parties represented in Parliament are now women.

The 10 women now leading all party delegations in Parliament: (from left) Lan Marie Nguyen Berg of the Greens, Olaug Bollestad of the Christian Democrats, Kirsti Bergstø of the Socialist Left (SV), Sylvi Listhaug of the Progress Party, Rigmor Aasrud of Labour, Erna Solberg of the Conservatives, Marit Arnstad of the Center Party, Guri Melby of the Liberals, Marie Sneve Martinussen of the Reds and Irene Ojala of Pasientfokus. Bollestad, Berg, Listhaug, Solberg, Melby, Martinussen and Ojala also lead their parties. PHOTO: Stortinget

There are 10 parties in Parliament this session and a majority of them are also led by women. The current session, meanwhile, marks the first time ever that all the party’s delegations in Parliament are led by women.

“This is historic and great to experience it during this session,” said Rigmor Aasrud of the Labour Party. She doesn’t lead Labour, leaving that to Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, but she’s an experienced politician from Hadeland who was chosen to lead Labour’s delegation in Parliament. It’s currently the largest, with 48 seats following the last national election in 2021.

“At the same time we need to remind everyone about all the hard-working women who have demanded and taken their place in politics,” Aasrud said. “That’s made room for us who come after.”

Veteran politician Erna Solberg, who’s spent 34 years in Parliament and led the Conservative Party for 20 of them, added that it’s “important to have women in all rooms where decisions are made. We all bring with us various experiences and perspectives, and for me it’s important that also has an effect on priorities.” staff



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