Man tax proposed

Former Left Party leader comes with unique suggestion to fight violence against women.

On Monday, a group of Swedish parliamentarians proposed levying a ‘man tax’ to cover the social costs of violence against women. 

The former head of the Left Party, Gudrun Schyman, says  it must be obvious to all of us that society has a huge problem with male violence against women and that has a cost, adding that there must be a discussion where men understand they as a group have a responsibility. 

Violence against women here rose almost 40 percent during the 1990’s, but many are still having a difficult time taking the proposal seriously:  despite Sweden being one of the most advanced nations in terms of gender equality, Schyman made headlines in a 2002 speech on discrimination when she said Sweden was following the same pattern as in Afghanistan under the Taliban. 

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