Pakistani descent Lady named Norway’s culture minister

JNN 25 Sept 2012 Oslo : A 29-year-old woman of Pakistani origin has earned a position in Norway’s cabinet .Hadia Tajik became the first Muslim to be part of the Norwegian cabinet. The 29 year old Tajik, whose parents were born in Pakistan, will also be the only Norwegian cabinet member of foreign descent.

Hadia Tajik, the first Muslim member of the Norwegian cabinet, has been named as the culture minister.

Tajik is also the youngest in the cabinet.

The newly elected minister said that in future, multicultural values will become a part of Norway’s everyday life.

Tajik, of Pakistani origin, was elected as a member of the Norwegian parliament in 2009.

Hadia Tajik has been handed Culture portfolio by the Prime Minister as she became the youngest ever cabinet member to be part of the Norwegian cabinet.

Hadia Tajik is a lawyer, journalist and politician. She is considered to be of Pakistani origin because of her parents affiliation with Pakistan. Tajik was elected as a member of the Norwegian parliament in 2009.

Hadia Tajik was born 18 July 1983 in the village of Bjørheimsbygd in Strand, Rogaland, to shopkeeper M. Sarwar Tajik (1947-) and mother Safia Qizilbash (1948-) who emigrated from Pakistan in the early 1970s. After completing Bjørheimsbygd elementary school as one of only seven pupils, she attended Tau junior high school between 1996 and 1998 and later Strand Senior high school from 1998 to 2001. She studied human rights at Kingston University in England from 2004 to 2005, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stavanger University College and studied law at the University of Oslo receiving her Master of Law degree in 2012.

Tajik was active in politics from an early age, and was the leader of the Strand chapter of the Workers youth league (AUF) from 1999 to 2002, before becoming deputy leader of the Rogaland AUF from until 2003. She served as political advisor to the Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, from 2008 to 2009. While serving under Storberget, she became involved in the so-called hijab-affair when the Department of Justice withdrew a decision to allow police women to wear hijab in the service. It was a decision Tajik, along with Astri Aas-Hansen, allegedly authored Previously she held the position of advisor to the Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (in 2009) and the Minister for Labour and Social Inclusion, Bjarne Håkon Hanssen (2006 to 2008).

On 14 September 2009, Tajik was elected Member of Parliament for the Norwegian Labour Party. Representing Oslo, she was listed as candidate number six on the Labour ticket, which was considered a safe seat. During her tenure in parliament, she was a member of the Standing Committee on Education, Research and Church Affairs as well as the Election committee. On 19 September 2012 she announced her intention to run for re-election for Oslo.

On September 2012, as part of a larger cabinet reshuffle, prime minister Jens Stoltenberg announced that Tajik would become the new Minister of Culture. She replaced Anniken Huitfeldt who became the new Minister of Labour and Social affairs. At the time, she was the youngest ever to become a minister in Norway (at 29), and her appointment made her the first ever Muslim to serve in the Norwegian cabinet

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