Norway to Introduce Affirmative Action Laws for Men
Norway, which hails itself as one of the most egalitarian nations, announced new rules that would introduce affirmative action programs to promote equal employment opportunities for men in traditionally "female" occupations.
Norway's government will amend several equal-rights regulations that will allow greater numbers of men to work in the traditionally "female" professions of child care provider, preschool and primary school teacher and child welfare worker.
Valgerd Svarstad, Minister of Families and Children, feels that incorporating a greater number of male employees in these professions would help to "change children's views on gender roles, and provide boys with role models in their schools or care centers."
The new laws would set limited quotas for the number of male employees and allow employers to consider the sex of an applicant when choosing between equally qualified candidates.
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In - Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States. . . .