Founder Women`s March Norway
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.