It seems men in Norway have been falling behind women in a number of equal rights areas, including their place in the education system and the custody of children after divorce. They also say they are facing other health risks than women. The voice behind this bid for more rights for men is a woman, Minister for Children and Equality Karita Bekkemellem. She has set up a so-called ‘Mens’ panel’:“With this group of great men we’ve gathered in this panel, I am certain of one thing, that the debate will run lively both internally but also of course in public,” she said. Arve Juritzen, a publisher and member of the ‘mens panel’ believes the new group of men from various backgrounds and professions will spark public debate:“Men are quite embarrassed to stand up and say that they are being discriminated against and that people should listen. A debate is running, and we dare to go forward and say..now listen, something has got to change and I think we have already achieved a great deal.” The equality minister says she set up the panel to focus on mens’ lack of rights in Norway.
It will advise the government on their problems.