Margareta Winberg

Ambassador’s Domestic Violence Gaffe

Eyebrows are being raised here over remarks made by Sweden’s Ambassador to Brazil Margareta Winberg in a magazine interview.

The Brazilian weekly “Veja” interviewed Winberg, who was formerly Sweden’s minister for gender equality. She tells the magazine Swedish men beat women because there is more equality in Swedish society; to make up for their loss of power outside the home, they abuse their partners.

The most surprising part of the article is the claim that 40 percent of Swedish women are the victims of violence, although it is unclear if Winberg was the source. That is 12 times the figure cited by the Swedish Crime Prevention Council, and seems to come from a controversial researcher at Uppsala University whose work has been widely condemned here.

Speaking to a Swedish newspaper afterwards, Winberg said her remarks were taken out of context and gave a false impression.

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