Feminist Initiative looks ahead to election

Shorter working days and a ban on private health care companies paying out shareholder dividends - those are some of the policies that the party Feminist Initiative proposes.

The party, which recently gained a seat in the EU elections, presented its election platform on Saturday, ahead of this autumn's general election. Equal pay between men and women is naturally on the wish list, as well as an institute that will work towards this goal.

Other proposals are a system where fathers and mothers share the parental leave equally, and a guaranteed minimum benefit for people who are ill or unemployed. The party also wants the state to take over the responsibility for schools (and away from local authorities), and reduce the defence budget. Non-documented migrants shall be allowed to stay permanently in Sweden, and the public transport system in the big cities shall be free to use.

"This clearly shows to those who have not yet understood it, that we are not a one-issue-party. We show that we are an ideologically based, independent feminist party which includes all political issues," party leader Gudrun Schyman told the news agency TT.

The party says it is open to co-operating with both political blocs and Gudrun Schyman notes that several of their proposals are shared by parties to the left ofthe  centre. Like the Liberal Party, Feminist Initiative wants the state back in charge of the schools, but, says Schyman "this is probably the only question where we agree with the Liberal Party".

Since the EU-election, the four parties in the centre-right alliance have made clear that they see the Feminist Initiative as a left-of-centre party, often calling it a "socialist" party. But Schyman prefers to differ. "You can't really say that we are socialist. I left a socialist party because the ideological foundation was insufficient," she told TT.

Several of the proposals in the Feminist Initiative election platform will be costly, and Schyman promised to present exactly how they want to finance them later on, during the Almedal week in the beginning of July. "We'll get back to the numbers, we will finance our proposals. But no party presents that in their election platform," she said.