Information and Resources on Gender Equality and Gender Research in Norway

Summary of articles on the 40% gender balance on public limited boards rule
(10.01.2008)

On Gender.no, we have linked up to the following articles on the 40% gender balance on corporate boards rule:

Press releases
Rules on gender representation on company boards
Summary sheet by the Ministry of Children and Equality on the gender representation rules on corporate boards that came into force on 1 January 2008.
Read more at the Norwegian Ministry for Children and Equality 

Rules regarding gender balance within boards of Public Limited Companies
Press release about 40 % rule on the underrepresented sex on company boards in the private sector in Norway.
Read more at the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality

Balanced gender representation on company boards
Fact sheet about gender representation in the Norwegian public limited companies act.
Read more at the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality

Follow-up to the Package Meeting of 9 to 10 November 2005 regarding representation of both sexes on company boards
Answer to EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA), which requests information from the Royal Ministry of Children and Family Affairs regarding different aspects of the Norwegian legislation. The Norwegian Parliament passed an act about gender representation in public limited boards in December 2003.
Read more at the Norwegian Ministry for Children and Equality (PDF)

Articles
"Diversity - not equality"
Norway’s demand for 40 per cent female board members is unique. How could such a radical gender equality measure be implemented in a business world which is opposed to quotas? And by a minister from the anti-quota Conservative Party?
Read more at KILDEN

Smørbrød and the Stock Exchange: Navigating Norwegian Culture
Lauren Osen came to Norway to study the country’s recent gender quota law for ASA companies’ corporate boards, but also had to contend with the peculiar lunch habits of the natives!
Read more at KILDEN

Speech
Experiences we have made in Norway concerning representation of women in company boardrooms!
Speech by former Minister of Children and Equality Karita Bekkemellem at the EU's informal ministerial meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on 7. October 2006
Read more at the Norwegian Government

Statistics
Board of directors in public limited companies by actors and gender. 1st of January 2004-2005.
Read more at Statistics Norway 

Actors in limited companies by type of role, national background and gender. 1st of January 2006.
Read more at Statistics Norway 

You might also have use for information regarding similar rules and standards in terms of gender representation in local politics:

The Act relating to Gender Equality (the Gender Equality Act)
Read the Act at the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality 

Quotas and justice
Political committees in Norwegian local authorities should have a representation of at least 40 per cent of each sex. In practice, however, it does not work like this. The law on quotas often has to yield to arguments that it constitutes a threat to local democracy. Ingrid Guldvik has written her doctoral thesis on quotas and gender justice.
Read more at KILDEN

Campaigning for increased female representation
The Norwegian Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud has launched a campaign to increase the number of women who participate in local politics. They've got three months to make it happen.
Read more at Gender.no