Women and Leadership 2019

This international round-table will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Picture of mostly women at a conference.

Registration and program

The event is open to everyone and free of charge. More information about location, how to sign up and a full program is coming soon.

Our aim

Our intention is to engage in a fruitful and enlightening conversation that will serve as a powerful reminder that there is still much to do about gender equality and the promotion of women in leadership roles in diverse workplace contexts globally. Additionally, this event will serve as an opportunity for the next generation of women to learn first hand what female leadership means within different socio-cultural, political and economic contexts and institutions that are both public and privately funded.

This year we are opening up the forum to include women leaders from the corporate world, the political sphere, the arts, and higher education in order to better understand the adversity women face concerning career advancement and leadership roles across different professions from various parts of the world.


Despite gains in education and the workplace over the past 50 years, men continue to outnumber women in leadership positions in nearly all professions making women underrepresented. Research shows that structural complexities, socio-cultural norms, stereotypes, discrimination, sexism and gendered bias are among the key obstacles to women’s advancement and contribute to the so-called “gender leadership gap”.

Last year’s “Women and Leadership” round-table at the University of Oslo was successful in bringing together a group of international female academic leaders to discuss the challenges and victories of female leadership within different academic contexts, institutional traditions and paradigms.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Hirut Woldemariam (external link), Minister of Science and Higher Education, (Ethiopia)
  • Åse Gornitzka, Vice Rector for Research and Internationalization​ (Uni Oslo, Norway)
  • Gro Brækken, Secretary General from the Norwegian Institute of Directors (Norway)
  • Allyson Jule (external link), Author of Speaking Up: Understanding Language and Gender (Canada)
  • Nadja Macht, Head of Product Operations at Jimdo GmbH (Germany)
  • Khalida Brohi (external link), Founder of the Sughar Foundation (USA/Pakistan)
  • Anita Krohn Traaseth, Former CEO of Innovation Norway

This event is funded by the Faculty of Humanities.


Kellie Goncalves
Published May 21, 2019 2:10 PM - Last modified May 24, 2019 10:54 AM