Ambassador Bakhtari participates at the seminar "Tough Women, Strong Voices"

Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari participated as one of the key speakers at the seminar “Tough Women, Strong Voices” organized by the Akershus Museum in Lørenskog on 20 November. The seminar aimed to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Norway and also to discuss gender equality. 





Ambassador Manizha Bakhtari participated as one of the key speakers at the seminar “Tough Women, Strong Voices” organized by the Akershus Museum in Lørenskog on 20 November. The seminar aimed to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Norway and also to discuss gender equality.

Ambassador Bakhtari was asked to talk about her way to become a diplomat and also about women’s situation in Afghanistan. In this respect, she told two inspiring stories form her childhood and reflected on her professional carrier as well as the challenges she met on her way. She showed a short documentary film about Afghanistan (Kabul) in the 1960s, how life was in the city and what kind of developments women had achieved. Many in the audience were surprised as they know little about Afghanistan’s history, and Norwegian media often focuses only on the war and conflicts in the country. In the second part of the presentation, Ambassador underlined what kind of progress Afghanistan and Afghan women made in the field of education, politics and health.

Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt, former Minster of Labour and Culture, has also participated at the program and she also talked about her personal experience what kind of difficulties she met as a women, a mother and a politician. Another thought provoking presentation was made by Ms. Loveleen Brenna, writer of “Because I am woman”. She spoke about gender equality and discrimination from a point of view which takes off the mask of race, religion, education background, etc. and focuses only on women – because all discrimination and violence effect women the same way, it does not matter where they come from. Further, there was a presentation about asylum and immigration services in Lørenskog community, and later during the afternoon, Kaci Kullmann Five, the first female Chairman of the Conservative Party, Ms. Mona Abdel-Fadil, expert at Fafo, and Mr. Hans Philip Einarsen, from Intercultural Museum gave also a speech.



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