The Moderate Women's Task Force supports extending paternal childcare leave.
The Moderate Women's Task Force supports extending paternal childcare leave. Credit: Christine Olsson/TT

Conservative women support more leave for dads

Moderate Women's Task Force: This could give foreign-born women more freedom of choice.
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Women in the conservative Moderate party are breaking ranks and pushing for more paternal childcare leave.

The Moderate Women’s Task Force believes this change would improve integration and freedom of choice for foreign-born women in Sweden.

“We want to leave no stone unturned, regarding the social issues we see, to find possible solutions,” said MP Ann-Charlotte Hammar Johnsson who heads up the working group.

The conservative Moderate Party voted against the government’s previous proposal to extend paternal leave for a third month. The justification was that additional requirements and quotas were the wrong way to go.

This move by the Moderate Women’s Task Force has not been welcomed by everyone in the party, including other female party members. MP Isabella Hökmark was confused and upset by the working group’s stance.

“I do not understand it at all. I am really surprised. If we are not for the freedom of choice in our party, who will be? It is the foundation of why someone is a Moderate, which is that all families and individuals can decided for themselves how they want to live their lives and how they want to divide up their everyday life,” she said.

Currently, 46 percent of parents do not equally share childcare leave.

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