Executive Board

The Executive Board is the political leadership of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby.

Ragnhild Hennum – President

Ragnhild Hennum is the President of the Norwegian Women’s Lobby. She is Professor of Public Law, a former Pro-Rector (Vice President) of the University of Oslo and a former Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. Her research fields are criminal law, criminal procedure and sociology of law, and she is an expert inter alia on child sexual abuse, sexual violence in general and forced marriage. She chaired the government-appointed Commission on Compensation for Victims of Violence (Voldsoffererstatningsutvalget) and was a member of the Commission on Rape (Voldtektsutvalget) and the Commission on the Use of Juries in Criminal Proceedings (Juryutvalget). Hennum is chair of the board of Oslo Women’s Shelter and deputy board member of Lovdata.

Khansa Asghar Ali – Board Member

Khansa Asghar Ali is an adviser at the MiRA Resource Centre for Black, Immigrant and Refugee Women.

Helle Borgen – Board Member

Helle Borgen is a board member of the Women’s Front of Norway.

Gudrun Eliissá E. Lindi – Board Member

Gudrun Eliissá E. Lindi is a board member of the Sámi Women’s Network.

Bjørg Ofstad – Board Member

Bjørg Ofstad is a member of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights and a former special adviser with the Research Council of Norway.

Frøydis Patursson – Board Member

Frøydis Patursson is executive director of Legal Aid for Women.

Rachel Eapen Paul – Board Member

Rachel Eapen Paul is Policy Director for Gender-Based Violence with the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud and a member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO). Her work focuses on immigrant women, human trafficking, forced marriages and violence against women. She has led several aid programs aimed at women and girls in the Middle East funded by the Norwegian government, and was Program Manager for the Norwegian Church Aid’s Capacity Building, Democracy and Human Rights program for Iraq. She is a board member of Legal Aid for Women (JURK) and Oslo Women’s Shelter, and was a member of the government-appointed Commission on Violence against Women (Kvinnevoldsutvalget). She has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Madras (India) and a cand.polit. degree in criminology from the University of Oslo.


Former members of the Executive Board