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Only One-Tenth of Gender Equality Budget Used

Published fredag 28 september 2007 kl 12.23
Nyamko Sabuni.

The Swedish Ministry responsible for Gender Equality has only spent a fraction of this year’s budget, intended to improve equality between men and women in Sweden.

The Swedish Government budgeted 64 million US dollars for programs to even out the differences which exist in society between men and women. But only one-tenth of the funds have  been used.

Minister for Gender Equality Nyamko Sabuni tells Swedish Radio News that her ministry has not had the time to allocate the funds. She says they have put more effort in thinking strategically about how to spend the money.

A member of parliament from the opposition Left Party, Josefin Brink, has criticised the government for not following through the equality policies and reforms that are necessary. She tells Swedish Radio news that Sweden is not providing an equal society for men and women and therefore there remains much to be done.

She suggests spending money on measures against men’s violence against women and eliminating the discrepancies between male and female salaries.

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