Hadia Tajik

Hadia Tajik ( born July 18, 1983 in Bjørheimsbygd, community beach, Rogaland Province) is a Norwegian journalist and a lawyer and a politician of the Social Democratic Arbeiderpartiet. From 21 September 2012 to 16 October 2013, it initiated in the government of the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the cultural department. At the time of her appointment Hadia Tajik was the youngest Minister in the history of Norway, also the first Muslim woman in a Scandinavian Cabinet.


Education and professional career

Hadia Tajik grew up in the southwestern Norwegian municipality beach, about 30 km east of Stavanger, on. Her parents had immigrated from Pakistan in the early 1970s. In 2001, she put in the home community from her high school. Then she took at the University of Stavanger on a study of journalism, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2004. From 2004 to 2005 she studied human rights ( human rights ) at Kingston University in London. Between 2005 and 2006 as well as 2010 and 2012, she studied law at the University of Oslo and earned the degree Master of Laws.

From 2001, Hadia Tajik worked as a vacation replacement and freelancer for various Norwegian newspapers, for example, for Verdens Gang, Dagbladet, Aftenposten and Stavanger Aftenblad. In 2001, she was, at the age of 18 years, the book Svart på hvitt ( Black on White) out, an anthology of Norwegian adolescents with immigrant backgrounds. As a journalist and author Tajik frequently preferred Nynorsk, the smaller of the two official standard variants of Norwegian.

Political career

Hadia Tajik interested in early for politics, joined the Social Democratic youth organization work ern Ungdomsfylking ( ON ) and From 1999 onward, the local association in the community beach. In 2001 she was promoted to in Rogaland county, deputy director - ON. Since 2008 she is a member of the UP Board kingdom.

From December 2006 to February 2008 was Tajik political counselor of the then Minister Bjarne Håkon Hanssen Norwegian labor. In the same capacity, she worked with Prime Minister Stoltenberg (February to October 2008), Minister of Justice Knut Storberget ( October 2008-March 2009 ) and the proclaimed in June 2008 Dag Terje Andersen labor minister together. During her service in the Ministry of Justice she was involved in the hijab affair so designated by the Norwegian press. The Ministry decided in early 2009 that Muslim police officers from wearing the hijab, however, took this decision due to public pressure back. According to one of her did not comment on the message state broadcasting company NRK Hadia Tajik should have made the original decision, together with the Secretary of State Astri Aas -Hansen.

In October 2008, the Oslo chapter of the Arbeiderpartiet nominated them for a year later upcoming parliamentary election in Norway. She was awarded the deemed safe sixth place list and replaced it initially provided Saera politician Khan, who had abandoned her candidacy shortly before due to a political scandal. In the election on September 14, 2009 Tajik won as expected a seat in the Storting. She was then a member of the church, education and research committee of the Parliament and also served on the election committee. In addition, Tajik is a member of the program committee of their party. Since 2012 she leads a subgroup dealing with welfare issues.

Hadia Tajik escaped in July 2011, just under the attack on Utøya. She had left the island together with the long-standing prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland shortly before the arrival of the assassin Anders Behring Breivik.

On September 21, 2012 Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg appointed her at the age of 29 years to the Minister of Culture of Norway and so on until then youngest cabinet member in the history of the country. After the general election in the autumn of 2013, the conservative politician Thorhild Widvey broke it off in this function.