PhD-candidate studying female judges in Haiti
Tøraasen has a master’s degree in comparative politics and a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Bergen. For her master’s degree, she conducted a fieldwork in Senegal where she studied the 2010 quota law and its symbolic effects in terms of women’s political representation. Her research interests include women’s rights and political representation, women’s movements and gender based violence. She is particularly interested in the entry of women to decision-making positions and how this may affect people’s perceptions of politics and the judiciary as a male domain. Tøraasen has worked in education and as a research assistant at CMI and the University of Bergen.
For her PhD, she focuses on the presence, purpose and product of women judges in Haiti, which is part of the ‘Women on the Bench’-project at CMI.