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Introducing the Feminist Initiative

Published: 13 Sep 2010 15:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Sep 2010 15:58 GMT+02:00

The Feminist Initiative (Feministiskt Initiative - Fi) polled 0.68 percent of the national vote in the 2006 parliamentary elections. Former Left Party leader Gudrun Schyman is the official spokesperson.

History and ideology

The Feminist Initiative is a feminist political party founded in 2005 and first stood in the 2006 general election.

Fi had generated a great deal of media hype by the time the party announced its official launch in September 2005. Gudrun Schyman was at that time an independent member of parliament.

According to surveys undertaken in 2005 (and again in 2010) up to ten percent of Swedes stated that they could consider voting for the party but come election time active voter support had declined to 0.68 percent.

The party fought a more successful EU election campaign in 2009, polling 2.2 percent of the votes.

The Feminist Initiative is mostly made up of volunteers and is reliant on donations, which have famously included a 1 million kronor ($72,000) hand out from ABBA star Benny Andersson.

The party's ideology is based on feminism and works against discrimination in all its forms.

2010 election platform

Gudrun Schyman is leading Fi's campaign to challenge partriachal structures in Sweden's society with its 2010 election chosen via an open web vote on the party's homepage.

Key points

*Women on average earn 4,700 kronor less per month than their male counterparts – Fi wants to change this

*Introduce individual quotas on parental leave

*Shorter working days

*Cut sales tax on train and bus travel

*Amnesty for illegal immigrants hiding in Sweden

*Change rape legislation to shift burden of truth from the victim

Comment

When Fi was formed, the party refused to align itself with either of the blocs in Swedish politics, but it has come to be established as party on the left of the spectrum.

The party has struggled to find media coverage during the 2010 election campaign, but grabbed headlines in July when 100,000 kronor was burned in a demonstation for equal pay during political week in Almedalen.

With Gudrun Schyman on board the party retains an outside chance to mount a surprise on September 19th, as their issues touch on subjects, such as equality and tolerance, that many Swedes cherish.

To return to the election guide main page, click here.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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13:15 September 14, 2010 by eZee.se
There should be a "Lunatics Initiative" - I'm sure they would be more sane than this bunch .
14:01 September 16, 2010 by Michaelquerty
Sigh, escaping the "Bad man, Good woman" hate group that feminism seems to have turned into, is one reason I was actually looking into methods to obtain citizenship in another country. Near the top of my list is Sweden.
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