PM Solberg stresses on the need to end corruption and gender inequality to achieve Global Development Goals
Jan 23, Oslo: Prime Minister Erna Solberg at a joint press conference with all the co-chairs of World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, Tuesday, spoke on anti corruption and gender equality as essential for acheiving global goals, as according to her bith relate to equal opportunitiy.
"Corruption and illegal financial flows, are linked to the whole range of security threats we face today: Climate change, terror, organised crime, cyber-crime, to mention but a few.We face multiple challenges, not limited by national boundaries," she said.
She also stated that corruption is a common denominator as in many countries it brings about inequality and it feeds off frustration and alienation causing conflicts to multiply.
"Corruption is destructive for economic, social, environmental and political development.We need to promote joint action by governments, public sector, business, multilateral organisations and civil society on anti-corruption," she added.
Similarly according to her, gender gap in economic and political power between women and men is a paradox.
"We know that women’s participation drives economic growth and development.Getting women into paid work simply means using the entire talent pool of the workforce," she said.
PM Solberg further stated that the barriers to women’s participation are past their expiry date. Denying women equal rights has no valid ground and it economically and politically it makes no sense.
Accordong to her, providing both girls and boys with education is a first step, towards closing the gender gap.
"Quality education is the basis for jobs and income.This is why we have made girls’ education a priority in Norway’s development cooperation," she said, before adding that she is inspired by young girls in many countries across the world, speaking up against outdated gender roles that are holding them back.
"We, their political leaders, must come out in numbers and declare our strong support to their fight," she said, before giving an example of how women’s participation in the labour market has been an essential part of Norway’s move from poverty to prosperity.
The Oslo Times International News Network