Gudrun Schyman

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Gudrun Schyman
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Leader of Feminist Initiative
In office
6 March 2013 28 october 2018
Servingwith Sissela Nordling Blanco (since 2011)
Leader of the Swedish Left Party
In office
Preceded by Lars Werner
Succeeded by Ulla Hoffmann (Interim)
Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Stockholm County
In office
1988 2006 [note 1]
Personal details
Gerd Gudrun Maria Schyman

(1948-06-09) 9 June 1948 (age 70)
Täby, Sweden
Political party Left Party (1988–2004)
Feminist Initiative (2005–)
Alma mater Socialhögskolan i Stockholm

Gudrun Schyman (born 9 June 1948) is a Swedish politician. She is currently the spokesperson of Feminist Initiative, a political party she co-formed in 2005.

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She served as leader of the Swedish Left Party from 1993 until January 2003. She remained a member of the Left Party until 2004, when she left to focus entirely on her feminist political work following a tax evasion scandal. She remained an independent member of the Riksdag until 2006. Schyman has become known for controversial ideas, such as special male-taxation.

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Leader of the Left Party

In 1993, Schyman was elected leader of the Left Party.

Schyman's greatest asset was her appeal to the voters, and her party more than doubled its number of MPs during her leadership. She gained popularity for her candor: for example, she was open about her struggle with alcoholism and supported an initiative to make the Riksdag an alcohol-free workplace. [1] During her period as party president, the party adopted feminism as an ideological basis. In 2003, she was charged with and later found guilty of misleading the tax authorities by attempting to take illicit tax deductions. [2] She was temporarily succeeded by Ulla Hoffmann.

Alcoholism Broad term for problems with alcohol

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a broad term for any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems. The disorder was previously divided into two types: alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. In a medical context, alcoholism is said to exist when two or more of the following conditions are present: a person drinks large amounts of alcohol over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use. Risky situations include drinking and driving or having unsafe sex, among other things. Alcohol use can affect all parts of the body, but it particularly affects the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system. This can result in mental illness, Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome, irregular heartbeat, an impaired immune response, liver cirrhosis and increased cancer risk, among other diseases. Drinking during pregnancy can cause damage to the baby resulting in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Women are generally more sensitive than men to the harmful physical and mental effects of alcohol.

Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes. Feminism incorporates the position that societies prioritize the male point of view, and that women are treated unfairly within those societies. Efforts to change that include fighting gender stereotypes and seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.

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In 2002, she made a controversial speech concerning men's oppression of women, in which she said "The discrimination and the violations appears in different shapes depending on where we find ourselves. But it's the same norm, the same structure, the same pattern, that is repeated both in the Taliban's Afghanistan and here in Sweden". [3] [4]

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Afghanistan A landlocked south-central Asian country

Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located in South-Central Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and in the far northeast, China. Its territory covers 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi) and much of it is covered by the Hindu Kush mountain range. Kabul serves as the capital and its largest city.

In October 2004, Schyman together with other MEPs of the Left Party proposed before the Riksdag, a national assessment of the cost of men's violence towards women; furthermore they demanded that the state fund women's shelters. [5] The proposal attracted wide attention, with the media calling it a "man tax". [6]

Founder of the Feminist Initiative

Schyman left the Left Party in 2004, and in 2005 co-founded Feminist Initiative (Fi), an organization which at its first congress decided to contest the coming parliamentary elections. Jane Fonda supported her in 2006, during the party's campaign prior to the 2006 general election. Fi received only approximately 0.7% of the vote, well below the 4% threshold required for parliamentary representation. In the 2009 European parliament elections, the party received 2.22% of the vote. [7] In the summer of 2010—leading up to the 2010 general election—Schyman burned 100,000 Swedish krona in a protest against unequal pay in Sweden. The stunt, staged by advertising collective Studio Total, gave Fi widespread attention; [8] [9] however, in the election the party received only 0.4% of the vote. [10] The 2014 European Parliament election proved to be the party's most successful election so far; it attracted 5.3% of the national vote, with Soraya Post taking one seat as an MEP. [11] In the 2014 general election Fi received 3.1% of the vote; despite still not meeting the 4.0% threshold for getting seats, it became the most popular party outside of the Riksdag.

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The krona is the official currency of Sweden. Both the ISO code "SEK" and currency sign "kr" are in common use; the former precedes or follows the value, the latter usually follows it but, especially in the past, it sometimes preceded the value. In English, the currency is sometimes referred to as the Swedish crown, as krona literally means "crown" in Swedish. The Swedish krona was the ninth-most traded currency in the world by value in April 2016.

Studio Total was a Swedish marketing and advertising agency in Stockholm and Malmö. They focused primarily on creative PR, such as guerrilla marketing, and have attracted much attention for several campaigns, both locally and globally. Their first assignment was for Riksteatern, for which the fictional political party "Kulturpartiet" became one of the most successful Swedish PR-campaigns in 2005. On the political theme, Studio Total also stirred up controversy in 2010, when Swedish feminist Gudrun Schyman burned 100,000 kronor in a protest against unequal pay. In 2012 Studio Total won a gold epica for worlds best PR.


  1. She represented the Left Party until she left the party in 2004; she then sat until 2006 as an independent.

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  1. Therésia Erneborg, "Gudrun Schyman: Det är alkohol-industrins vinstintressen som styr," Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine Dagen March 1, 2003, retrieved July 26, 2011 (in Swedish)
  2. Åsa Kroon and Mats Ekström, Vulnerable woman, raging bull or mannish maniac?: Gender differences in the visualization of political scandals [ permanent dead link ], Working Paper 4, 2006, Örebro University: "Gudrun Schyman Leader of the Left Wing Party 1993 2003," pp. 78, "The Schyman scandal," pp. 914 (pdf)
  3. Sjölund, Jill (October 9, 2006). "Jämo: Ni är ju som talibaner" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet . Archived from the original on November 16, 2006. Retrieved May 18, 2007.
  4. Text of so-called "Taliban Speech" to 2002 Congress of the Left Party (in Swedish)
  5. Gudrun Schyman et al., Motion 2004/05:So616 Ansvaret för mäns våld mot kvinnor, Sveriges Riksdag, October 5, 2004 (in Swedish)
  6. "Schyman in equality policy shock: tax men," The Local October 5, 2004, retrieved July 26, 2011.
  7. "Val till Europaparlamentet - Röster" (in Swedish). Election Authority (Sweden). June 11, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.
  8. "Swedish feminists burn cash in wage equality protest". BBC News. July 6, 2010.
  9. Fredrik Wass, "TV: Här bränner Gudrun Schyman 100 000,", July 6, 2010, retrieved July 26, 2011 (in Swedish)
  10. "Val till riksdagen - Röster" (in Swedish). Election Authority (Sweden). September 23, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  11. "Preliminary results of Swedish EU elections" . Retrieved 2014-05-26.
Preceded by
Lars Werner
Leader of the Swedish Left Party
Succeeded by
Ulla Hoffmann