Newspaper to name women abusers

Christine Demsteader
Christine Demsteader - [email protected] • 17 Nov, 2004 Updated Wed 17 Nov 2004 18:19 CEST

Violence against women has been under serious discussion this week, and on Tuesday, justice minister Thomas Bodström was handed a 10,300-strong petition for more action to be taken against offenders.


The petition, instigated by newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten, is part of an ongoing campaign in the northern city of Piteå after a local 38 year old mother of three was beaten to death by her ex boyfriend three weeks ago.

“We aren’t going to let this subject lie and have changed our policy on name publication,” NSD editor Matii Lilja told Swedish Radio on Tuesday. "We are going to publish names and pictures of men convicted of violent crime against women.”

According to Wednesday’s Expressen, 300,000 Swedish women are physically abused by their partners and a woman is murdered every ten days.

Such shocking figures combined with the recent tragedy in Piteå have prompted local men to act. As reported in Monday’s Svenska Dagbladet over 150 men have signed up to a new scheme which will campaign against violence towards women and help bring about more awareness of the issue.

In the last three weeks they have established concrete plans and funding to the tune of 1.75 million crowns. The rapid success has impressed the local council who have agreed to fund the employment of a full-time worker to lead the project.

Priest Peder Jonsson, one of the men behind the initiative, told Wednesday’s Aftonbladet, “I want to encourage young Swedish men to change the social pressure to be macho. Stop sending signals to women that we live in a power-structured society where men are superior.”

And even Queen Silvia added her contribution to the cause this week. Asked about what can be done to stop violence on women in a Swedish Radio interview on Wednesday, she replied, “We must discuss it and have it in our conscience.”

“I think that every man has a responsibility for violence against women,” she added.


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