Norway’s political parties are scrambling to deal with a flurry of sexual harassment allegations in a country better known for a strong record of gender equality in the public and corporate spheres.
A series of high-profile cases, spurred by the global #MeToo movement, have led to apologies and resignations from top male politicians, throwing Norway’s political class into disarray just as a new women-led coalition takes power.
“It’s a very necessary clean up,” said Mathilde Tybring-Gjedde, a 25-year-old member of parliament for Norway’s Conservative Party. “We need to start by making all these stories known to the political parties … in order to shift to a wider cultural change.”
The first man to fall was Trond Giske, who until early January was the deputy leader of Norway’s main opposition Labor Party.
Giske, 51, had held several ministerial posts throughout his decades-long political career and was forced to step down after a wave of allegations …