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    A new feminist movement is posing a major challenge to Norway's traditionally male-dominated political life.?

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    A new feminist movement is posing a major challenge to Norway's traditionally male-dominated political life. The major shock came when the results of the country's municipal elections were announced. In several key municipal councils, women either elected a majority or drastically increased their representation. In Oslo for example, women gained 48 of 85 seats.

    In other parts of the country, the growth of women's power in politics seemed to be the natural result of dissatisfaction and mistrust in men's handling of official affairs. Oslo is the most disturbing for the professional politicians, however, because there the women planned and systematically carried out their electoral take-over.

    The women's victory was engineered by using an intricate system adopted by the Norwegian National Assembly several years ago. Under the system, voters may delete one or more names listed on the party ballot and replace them with other names. In some instances during the recent elections, all the names on the party ballot were removed and new names --all of women-- added. Systematic use of write-in campaigns must be kept a secret, however, in order to prevent counter-actions.

    SYNOPSIS: A new feminist movement continues to pose a major challenge to Norway's traditionally male-dominated political life. Results of September's municipal election revealed that in several key municipal councils, woman either elected a majority or drastically increased their representation.

    In Oslo, women swept men from the city council, gaining forty-eight of eighty-five seats. In other parts of the country, the growth of women's power in politics seemed to be the natural result of dissatisfaction and mistrust in men's handling of official affairs. Oslo, however, is the most disturbing to the professional politicians, because there the women planned and systematically carried out their electoral take-over.

    The women used a system adopted by the government several years ago, which permits voters to delete names on the party ballot and replace them with other names. In some instances during the recent elections, all entries were replaced by new names--all of women.

    The general aim of the women's write-in campaign is to be able to more directly influence legislation. Among items with which the women are most concerned are more kindergartens and better housing. Norway is known to have one of the highest rates for children killed by vehicles in the world. To combat this problem, women on the municipal councils have proposed creative special crossing areas at places known to have a high accident rate.

    A feminist leader says that the general political aim of the voting campaign is shared by women outside their group. The National Action of Norwegian Women also carried out a nation-wide campaign for more women in public life, prior to this year's municipal election. But they refused to join the new feminists in a deliberate write-in campaign on party ballots.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQ18MXIE246LDJ9PDY6FLU46S
    Media URN:
    VLVACQ18MXIE246LDJ9PDY6FLU46S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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