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Gayle Kimball (gaylekimball) If you have a Woman's Party in your country, please tell us about it.
Swedish feminists created the Feminist Initiative Party (FI) in 2005, led by politician Gudrun Schyman. Within six days they attracted over 2,500 members, mostly young and new to politics. In 2010 the party got media coverage when it burned money equal to the amount women don’t earn on the job compared to men ($15,000). The party had the votes to secure local council seats and a seat in the European Parliament (EP) in 2014, which had over one-third female members. A slogan was “Put the feminists in their place” accompanied by indie music and pink chairs placed on the streets to symbolize parliamentary seats. Schyman said they have the best social media platform, necessitated by lack of financing. Her goal is to decompartmentalize women’s issues in intersectional postmodern politics explaining, “The big mistake in most politics is not seeing this—how gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality and everything else is related, and there are power structures that perpetuate on another. That’s the heart of the feminist analysis we have.” She thinks other Swedish parties are too stuck in class analysis.
The FI party’s EP representative, Soraya Post said they attract voters who are worried about the rise of European anti-immigration parties and the success of fascist parties that did well in the EP elections in 2014. The party uses small meetings in homes to organize young activists. Most of its supporters are under age 25. The FI party model spread to Norway, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Spain, and Britain’s Women’s Equality Party. Many other women’s parties are listed online.

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Gayle Kimball (gaylekimball) The feminist Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström bemoaned the fact that, “From [19]92 to 2011, fewer than 4 percent of signatories of peace agreements and less than 10 percent of peace negotiators were women.”[i] However, when women are represented in peace agreements, the accords are 35% more likely to last for at least 15 years.[ii] Women are more likely to consider practical implications for ordinary people

[i] James Rupert, “Sweden’s Foreign Minister Explains Feminist Foreign Policy, United States institute of Peace, February 9, 2015.


[ii] Matthew Rycroft and Swanee Hunt, “Want Peace in Syria?,” Defense One, January 29, 2016.

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