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Government far from ‘magic’ women target. Efforts to increase female business life participation are currently faltering. Just 25 percent of entrepreneurs in Norway are women. “Gender equality in working life is a key part of gender equality policy”, states the Ministry of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion about work and education, “equal pay and education and choice of occupation have been considered important to gender equality in working life.” “The Government's aim is that more occupations and positions shall have more gender balance, including at the director and managerial levels.”

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Government far from ‘magic’ women target

Published on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012 at 10:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Efforts to increase female business life participation are currently faltering. Just 25 percent of entrepreneurs in Norway are women.

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“Gender equality in working life is a key part of gender equality policy”, states the Ministry of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion about work and education, “equal pay and education and choice of occupation have been considered important to gender equality in working life.”

“The Government's aim is that more occupations and positions shall have more gender balance, including at the director and managerial levels.”

Three out of four entrepreneurs are men and politicians’ aim for 40 percent of start-ups by women in 2013 is not far away.

“We haven’t reached that target,” Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske told Aftenposten.

The Minister believes the proportion of female entrepreneurial and working life representation is equally important, and encourages them to “contact Innovation Norway, demand help and pick up what is already available.”

“Approximately 25 percent of those who start up their own business today are women. It’s a pity there aren’t more because we’ll never derive benefit from the many ideas, bulldog spirit and implementation capacity,” he declared.

Innovation Norway personnel responsible for answering which help they offer for entrepreneurs, specifically women, were unavailable when The Foreigner contacted the organisation, however.

Meanwhile, Innovation Norway’s fifth annual “female entrepreneur” competition is now underway. Growth-related projects within their business stand to receive NOK 1 million (about USD 178,855/GBP 109,900) in prize money. 01 November is the application deadline.

The jury emphasises innovation, “ambitions and potential for international growth [...and] the business is not more than 10 years old”, amongst other things. 15 November is the application deadline.




Published on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2012 at 10:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwaygenderequality, womenentrepreneursnorway.


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