Gudrun Schyman. Photo: Lars Mogensen/Sveriges Radio.

Gudrun Schyman makes national comeback

9:47 min

Gudrun Schyman, one of the most colourful politicians in recent Swedish history has made a comeback this week. Once the outspoken and controversial leader of the Left Party she quit after a tax scandal and helped start a new political movement called Feminist Initiative about a decade ago

As you might guess from the name, it is a party pushing for more feminist thinking in Swedish society. She quit that party leadership just a few years ago, but at the weekend was re-elected as one of the party's three spokespeople.

Speaking to Radio Sweden, she says she decided to come back to national politics because "She can't stand what is going on in Swedish society", referring to what she calls anti-feminism, racism, and conditions that are getting worse for a lot of people, she says.

Her party only gets below one percent in opinion polls, but she says that there are a lot of young people for whom feminism, and challenging gender stereotypes, is natural.

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