2014-09-12

The Swedish Feminist Party

  

Sweden has had coalition governments since the 1970's,
most often consisting of 40-50% social-democrats (labor)
and 5-10% communists, and I would say that our country
is at heart still a social democracy even though we've had
a right wing (lite) government for the last 8 years.

What many of you may not know is that by Monday,
Sweden may be the first country in the world to have
a Feminist Party in the parliament and/or government!

Feministiskt Initiativ has more ties to the left wing than
to the right wing, but they have a separate and clear agenda,
which includes such things as cheaper daycare, shorter workdays,
better pay for women workers, environmental issues
and better support for victims of domestic violence.






One of Sweden's MEP - and the only one in the entire
European Parliament - is a member of the Feminist Party.
She was voted in earlier this year, which looks promising
for the national elections this weekend.

I did my little bit for feminism today when I went to vote,
and for the first time in my life I feel like I can appreciate
what it is to have this right and responsibility. I actually feel
some excitement and hope about this year's elections and I am
thinking about buying some celebratory bubbly, just in case.




*** UPDATE ***

Well, all the votes are in and unfortunately Feministiskt Initiativ
didn't make it to Parliament this year. However, they did get a foot in
at 13 different districts all over the country, which is a start.

The Social Democrats together with the Environmental Party
and the Communists got the lead, but not by much. The big let down
was that the racist right wing party won 13% of the votes, and could
potentially shoot down the left wing's attempts at forming a government.
 





 




18 kommentarer:

  1. I am so glad that your country voted for such an modern party! I think us Germans still take quite some time to give a vote for a feminist party, although we have a -very conservative- female president...

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Unfortunately the Feminist Party didn't make it past the limit to get into Parliament. A party needs 4% of all votes but they only got 3%.
      So far only 3 out of 10 party leaders are female in Sweden, but that might change next year.

      Radera
  2. You must have a proportional repesentation system, unlike our majority first-past-the-post system here in Canada, for communists and feminists to be able to successfully elect members to parliament. That's great! It must feel wonderful to vote for a feminist ticket!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. We have a limit where anyone who recieves over 4% of the votes will make the Parliament, and represent proportionally. But we still have two "blocks", the right wing (blue) and the left wing (red) and the largest block will make up the actual government.

      Radera
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    1. We didn't quite make it - the Feminist Party only got 3% of the votes, and 4% is needed to get into Parliament :(

      Radera
  4. I love this! I wish people in the States could get their heads on straight and see what is most important- education, family, and security- instead of money, money, and money!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. America has made a difficult situation for themselves with only a two party system. New ideas will take forever to get through.

      Radera
  5. This is wonderful! I wish we had a party like that in Canada.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. You really should have one, considering the social democratic support you have had for so many years.

      Radera
  6. That is so awesome! We could never have something like that here as Debra said our system is a little too lopsided for it unfortunately.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. What would it take to change your lopsided system?

      Radera
  7. I knew there was a strong feminist movement in Sweden, but I never heard about a possible feminist party.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Not quite strong enough, as it turns out. We got 3% of the votes, but needed 4%.

      Radera
  8. Sorry to hear they didn´t make it to the arlamente this year, but as you said, it is a beginning.
    I am afraid most parties do not pay attention to this questions where thet are truly important. They mostly behave like women issues are not their own (hello? half of the population are women, for God shake). I do admire how Icelandic government takes care of women working conditions in relation to motherhood: they fully provide daycare if the mum is single and a worker or a student. Plus, salaries are better balanced. I find ridiculous same cases, for instance, my employer maternity leave is unpaid! I mean, how can you afford to have a break after birth if you don´t make any money? That´s ridiculous!

    I think there is a lot to be made on that field yet. I hope things get better there in Sweden :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Things are pretty good in Sweden, where we for instance have 18 months paid maternity leave and can almost claim equal pay for equal employment. But we have a looong way to go before we are equal, and the last few years Sweden has fallen behind on the equality scale - which we used to be on the very top of.

      Radera
  9. Blev riktigt bedrövad av resultatet och än är det ju inte över :-/

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag förstår ingenting när Löfven hellre vill jobba med Folkpartiet (!) än med Vänstern. Och i min kommun röstade 25% på SD :(

      Radera

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