No shame! A cover story

Across Europe, discussions are heated on the hijab and burkini debates, commenters throwing verbal bombs from each side, forcing people to take a stand for “good” or “evil”, and leaving little space for deeper reflections. Combined with what I consider most interesting; we get enraged by burkinis while covering up our own 4-year old girls in…

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Et nytt ord om ingenting

I ledige stunder er Antisupermamma en tankevekkende og fin blogg å lese, og i ferien leste jeg et innmari fint innlegg om Ingentingsommer (skrev denne posten i midten av juli, men var opptatt med lek, så den ble ikke feeding eller lagt ut..) Hun beskriver så godt hvor viktig det er for barna (og familien) å gjøre…

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Menn som voldtar: Refleksjoner

Nå på tampen av sommerferien har jeg fulgt nyhetene etter at en ung jente hadde gått gjennom en sak i flere runder av rettssystemet, som endte med at 3 menn som hadde gitt henne dop ble frikjent for voldtekt. Saken har skapt så kraftige reaksjoner at jeg håper vi klarer å få til en varig endring i…

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Sharing vacay!

For the third year in a row, we have lent our mountain cabin out to families we don’t know. Single moms, parents who’ve gone through a rough period, families from other countries who wants to get familiar with the Norwegian cabin culture. This year, families from Iran, Georgia, Norway and Pakistan got the opportunity to…

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Tusen takk, Per Fuggeli!

I en samfunnsdebatt som er stadig mer preget av at vi nordmenn i ganske stor grad er en gjeng bortskjemte navlebeskuere – og hvor det kalkulert og kynisk spilles på uvitenhet, frykt og fordommer mot utsatte grupper, er det fantastisk med glødende engasjerte forkjempere for et varmere samfunn. Per Fuggeli er en av de viktigste…

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African Foreign Ministers meeting

Enjoying an amazing afternoon at the Oslofiord last Friday, with a delegation of Ministers and Ambassadors from across the African continent in a good mix with Norwegian business leaders and officials. I’m truly excited to see welcome a delegation from many of the same countries to Nor-Shipping next year, and it’s great to see the…

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The Peace Wall

With so much talk about building walls and closing borders, this is the kind of wall I prefer 🌍🌱 I just love the art projects initiated by @nobelpeaceoslo – #UnknownNumbers by Shwan Dier Qaradaki & Johannes Høie #FreeVoices #ThePeaceWall 🌍🙌🏽 On my way to a boat trip with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs and his…

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Where the apple falls…

I didn’t orchestrate this – my little guy picked this book out of the shelf all by himself. Amidst all the colorful children’s books, he apparently thought 19 months was a good age to start learning about ships 😋 Way to go!! Monday morning and a proud mom laughing! Might be he’s already damaged by…

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Sri Lanka: Diversity milestone

The Asia Shipping Conference in Colombo is a milestone, not only for the maritime community of Sri Lanka, but for their entire business community. The first conference to be organized in partnership by Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents, WISTA Sri Lanka and Young Shipping Professionals – not to mention the first to ensure equal level…

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