One hundred years after Swedish women got the right to vote, the country that invented “feminist foreign policy” finally got its first female prime minister. Why has it taken so long? It’s not only because of old power structures, says Lena Wängnerud, an expert on women’s representation in politics. It’s also about naivety: “We tend to think of Sweden as much more gender equal than it in fact is.” In our new Debates Digital talk, she tells Carl Henrik Fredriksson about gender politics and the mess characterizing the Swedish parliament ahead of this year’s elections.
What is Debates on Europe?
Since its inception in 2012, the series Debates on Europe has been hosted in places where the idea of Europe is at stake. In international discussion forums organized in cooperation with local actors – mainly in eastern and south-eastern Europe – it addresses the most pressing issues on the European agenda. By supporting civil society in places where this is still emerging or under pressure it furthers free and open debate on cultural, social and political issues.