Sommestad to be new face of Sweden’s Social Democrat women

Former Environment Minister Lena Sommestad is expected to succeed Nalin Pekgul as leader of the Social Democratic Women in Sweden (S-Kvinnor) party after receiving unanimous nomination by the party’s election committee.

According to a statement from the S-Kvinnor Nominating Committee, the asociation needs a fresh start.

Sommestad has thus far snubbed out three other candidates, including the incumbent Pekgul.

Sommestad, who was born in 1957, is a professor of economic history at Uppsala University. She served as the nation’s Environment Minister from 2002 to 2006. She also served as the president for the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm.

The party is expected to finalize their nomination during their official annual meeting to be held 26-28 August in Luleå.

The Social Democratic Women in Sweden, established in 1920, is a national feminist association within the Social Democrat party who strive for gender equality and political influence from a female perspective.

Current hot topic political issues for the group include women’s right to equal pay for equal work, the balance of a woman’s role at home and at the office, and the lagging number of women in leadership positions, amongst others.

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