Girl Power in Norway

A few days ago I got a question from a friend: ¨Hey Grace, is it true that Norwegian women are the ones in charge there? ¨ The strong position of women in Northern Europe is a curiosity for most of us Filipinos and I jokingly replied, ¨I don´t know, but I see a lot of men here taking care of kids so their wives are probably the ones who keep the wheels turning. ¨

On my first walk to the Royal Palace, my husband and I attended the changing of the guards and I was really surprised when I saw that the commander was a woman. She looked smart and sharp in her uniform and commanded the male guards naturally, not much submissiveness there, and I guess Norway is one of the most equal countries in the world although it is a kingdom.

 

The Royal Palace in Oslo completed in 1849

The Royal Palace in Oslo completed in 1849

 

Changing of the palace guards with a lady commander in charge

 

I think every man would have problems not to follow orders here :)

I think every man would have problems not to follow orders here :)

 

The Royal Palace is surrounded by a park with ponds and statues. One of the statues honors Camilla Collett, a strong female writer born in 1813 and considered as the first Norwegian feminist. She was sharply critical about the submissive role of women and the society holding them down and not letting them release their potential as equal human beings. I understood better that there was a long struggle behind the freedom Norwegian women now enjoy.

 

The statue of Norway´s first feminist, Camilla Collett

The statue of Norway´s first feminist, Camilla Collett.

 

A quick read about the King and Queen of Norway who have adapted intelligently and smoothly to the ideas of equality, even if they still live in a castle, LOL

 

The palace park is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city…

The palace park is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city…

 

The fox, the rabbit, and me.

The fox, the rabbit, and me.

 

No problem being a woman when a man is listening quietly to you without interruption, LOL

No problem being a woman when a man is listening quietly to you without interruption, LOL

 

Woman here are of course taking their role as mothers seriously, and many of them also have full time work to support their families, so I guess that there is still some way to go before the ideals of equality is reached

Women here are of course taking their role as mothers seriously, and many of them also have full time work to support their families, so I guess that there is still some way to go before the ideals of equality is reached.

 

In the Norwegian Parliament, the representation of women is 40%. Norway has a female Prime Minister and also a female Minister of Finance, so Norwegian women have achieved a lot.  But while taking pics at the Parliament area, I saw one of the many beggars in Oslo, and realized that poverty is still a sad reality here also.

 

The Norwegian National Assembly or Parliament of Norway

The Norwegian National Assembly or Parliament of Norway

 

..and in front of it, a female beggar.

 

 

 

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