Left Party: teach all girls self-defence

Sweden's Left Party wants all girls to be offered 'feminist self-defence' training from the seventh grade, aged 13-14. Meanwhile, boys should attend courses in feminism.

The party is demanding that money be earmarked for self-defence for all girls, both at the compulsory and upper secondary levels, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

The proposal is part of a new programme for schooling and is a continuation of the decision made in 2001 by the Social Democrats and their political partners to invest five million kronor in self-defence classes “to improve girls’ self-confidence”.

The Liberal Party’s education spokesman, Jan Bj√∂rklund, declared himself sceptical towards the idea of ‘teaching violence in school’.

“Different feminist groups are competing to be the most militant. But equality cannot be about learning to beat each other up,” he said.

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