Women's Night in Norway (08/05)

Everyone knows about International Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. But the Night of Women is also celebrated on the planet, few know. It falls on May 8 and is celebrated in Norway.

The night of women ( Kvinnehistorisk Natt ), who played a significant role in history, was invented in 2006 by feminists from the Norwegian city of Bergen ( Bergen ).

The main requirements set by the organizers of this Night, — equal pay for men and women ( in modern Norway, the salary of women is significantly lower than the salary of men in similar positions ) and affordable kindergartens. Under the influence of these factors, gender discrimination only intensifies: women have to sit at home with children, and go to work and hire a nanny is unprofitable.

Another requirement of the organizers of Women's Night — the closure of strip clubs, which, in their opinion, « are the strongholds of debauchery » and humiliate women. On one of the Nights, women's honor defenders staged a large-scale picket in Bergen — with banners, pipes and dousing songs, as a result of which all the strip clubs of the city were closed for some time.

Norwegian Muslim feminists also defend a woman’s right to wear a hijab only if it is her own choice, and urge people to pay attention to racist tendencies in the global feminist movement.

« The role of women in society is no less important than the role of men », — the organizers of feminist actions try to convey such an idea to fellow citizens. « Everywhere monuments are men, men dominate the urban space, and yet the number of women who deserve respect is no less! », — they declare and annually paste leaflets on the city walls depicting female inventors, women scientists, women politicians, writers, singers and artists.

In the photographs you can see: Maria Curie, Agatha Christie, Rosa Luxemburg, Alexandra Kollontai, Lesya Ukrainka, Anna Akhmatova, Yoko Ono, Valentina Tereshkova, Anna Politkovskaya, Anna Pavlova, Natalya Gorbanevskaya and others.

Since 2006, Women's Night was celebrated only in Bergen, in 2010 Oslo joined the action.