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Brit-Agnes Svaeri

Founder Women`s March Norway

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About Me

I am the Founder and chair of Women`s March Norway in Oslo. I had never participated in a demonstration in my entire life, until I took the initiative to start organizing a march in Oslo, Norway. After hearing the rhetoric in the presidential campaign in 2016, about "grabbing women by the.....", I felt it was no choice to be silent. If something like that can happen in a country we often compare ourselves with, it can happen everywhere! I have been fighting for equality, diversity and inclusion in my whole working life. I have usually been the first and only female, in all the teams and management groups I have been a part of, in very male dominated companies. Norway is rated as the 3. best country in the world, to be a women. Legally and in theory, we have equality, but in real life, we still have a way to go. We are not free, until all of us are free!

I have established and proffesionalized procurement and Supply Chain functions for over 20 years, in all lines of businesses. My experts ares are negotiations, contracts and change management. It`s all about people, whatever your proffesion is.

I have been a competive swimmer and I am thankful for the opportunity to get a swimming scholarship at the University of Arkansas, U.S.A, in 1981 - 1984. I was supposed to compete in the Olympics in 1980, in Moscow, but Norway decided to boikot the Olympics, together with the U.S, because of Russias`s invation of Afganistan. I really wish they hadn`t involed sports with politics.

In addition to being the Chair of Women`s March, I spend my time with my family, work as a training instructor and I am a refugee guide for Red Cross. I have 2 grown up children and a great supporting husband.

After MOBILIZING GLOBAL AND ORGANIZING LOCAL for Women`s March, I have realized what my life purpose is:

To do whatever I can, to make sure my daughters generation have other challenges as a women, that I and my global sisters have had.

Communities I Identify With and/or Want to Collaborate With

Environmental Activists
Labor Unions
Marginalized People
People of Color
Youth and Minors

I Want to Take Action on

Abortion Rights
Civil Rights
Climate Change
Combating Rape
Ending Poverty
Free Speech
Gender Based Violence
Girls’ Rights
Peace and Non violence
Reproductive Rights
Women’s Economic Security
Women’s Education
Women's Health
Women’s Representation
Women’s Safety

Areas of Expertise

Chapter Leadership
Civil Rights
Conflict Resolution
Economic Justice
Event Organizing
Gender Equality
H.E.R.S. Framework
Lifelong Learning
March Organizing
Women in Business
Women on Boards
Women’s Representation
Workers’ Rights