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Torild Skard

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Torild Skard is a psychologist, a former Member of Parliament in Norway, President of its upper chamber, Director for women's issues at UNESCO in Paris, Director-General of the Multilateral Division and Deputy Secretary-General for international development at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the UNICEF Executive Board, Regional Director for West and Central Africa at UNICEF, and most recently a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. She is a former President of IAW's Norwegian affiliate, the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights.

Decision-making, News

As Democracies Weaken Globally, Women Fail to Win Top Political Posts

By on 23 August 2017
As Democracies Weaken Globally, Women Fail to Win Top Political Posts

Global governance has failed to regulate the expansion of capitalist corporations, resulting in growing inequalities, financial and environmental crises and economies that do not work for women. To realize women’s rights, both politics and economies must be transformed. But globalization has limited the power of national governments.

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News, Women in politics

How can we get more women top leaders?

By on 28 March 2016
How can we get more women top leaders?

It takes a democratic political system and an active women’s movement demanding gender parity in the political leadership for women to get to top positions.

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IAW around the world, News, Peace

No to female conscription

By on 24 May 2015
No to female conscription

Representatives of military institutions now advise countries to look to Norway, because Norway as the first country in both Europe and NATO has introduced female conscription.But feminist organizations protest against female conscription

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Decision-making, News, Opinions

Competence, democracy and feminism

By on 24 July 2014
Competence, democracy and feminism

Women are slowly gaining top positions

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News, United Nations

Torild Skard: Women remain a minority in national political leadership

By on 11 July 2014
Torild Skard: Women remain a minority in national political leadership

At the UN ECE Regional Review in Geneva in November, Torild Skard will discuss power and decision-making.

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