An Enemy of the People in Oslo

by Rimini Protokoll



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Name: Raheela Chaudry

Age: 49

District: Nordre Aker

Nationality: Norwegian

I live in a semi-detached house with my boys Shan, Noor and Arman and my husband Asif.

I work as a senior advisor to the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. I used to work as a journalist, and I still feel close to that profession. I am educated as a political scientist at UiO and I have worked for UN.

I belong to the committed, the flexible, the brave, the journalists, the political scientists, the UN-workers, the urban, the Norwegian-Pakistani,  the active, the multicultural, the women, the mothers and the ambitious, but I do not belong to the pessimists or the whiners.

I live in Oslo because I feel at home here. I got my education here and I’m working here. I appreciate the urban life. Oslo has got a big heart and has everything, both great city-life and nature.

An Enemy of the People is very relevant in today’s society and our lives. As everything Ibsen wrote, it’s about suppression and injustice. As Dr. Stockmann says; “The strongest, is the one standing the most alone”. That means you should stand your ground and find your own path. As a Norwegian-Pakistani woman I’ve made untraditional choices. I’ve been the first with my background in many fields. 

I am a political scientist who were going to become a diplomat, but ended up as a journalist and bureaucrat. I’m happy it turned out as it did. 

Usually I would go by the tube from Storo all the way to the theatre, but as this is during the weekend, I might go by car. But I prefer normally to go by tube or tram.