Minister asks Norwegian-Pakistani men to focus on gender equality: “Sharpen up”

Abid RajaPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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Men with a Pakistani background are less positive about gender equality than men from other minority groups. “Sharpen up,” Minister for Culture and Equality Abid Raja (AP) says.

In his speech on Monday, March 8, Raja, himself a second-generation immigrant with Pakistani parents, raised a moralizing index finger to his fellow brothers.

“Norwegian-Pakistani men, like me, we must get better. Attitude surveys show that we are less positive about gender equality than women are and less positive about gender equality than minority men in general are. So here Norwegian-Pakistani boys have a job to do – in terms of attitude,” Raja said in the speech posted on Facebook.

The Minister for Culture and Equality also pointed out that occupational participation among immigrant women is clearly lower than for women in the majority population.

“Of course, it means something. We have to do something about this,” he said. 

At the same time, he admitted to weaknesses in the integration of immigrants into the workforce.

“It has not been good enough,” Raja said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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