Sweden: Feminist Initiative Party burns 100,000kr, the symbol of women's minutely pay gap Print E-mail

Dublin ~ Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Feminists burn cash in pay protest

A Swedish feminist party burnt 100,000 kronor in a protest against unequal pay

Swedish feminist party has burnt 100,000 Swedish kronor (£8,600) at a barbecue in a protest against unequal pay for men and women.

The party, Feminist Initiative, said the money set ablaze on the Swedish island of Gotland on Tuesday represents the amount of money the country's women miss out on every minute in comparison to men.

Party leader Gudrun Schyman said "it may seem desperate to burn 100,000 kronor, but the situation is desperate as well".

Sweden is known internationally for high achievements in gender issues but women still earn less than men. According to the national statistics agency, the average salary in 2008 of women working full-time was about 19 percent lower than that of men.

The burnt money had been donated by an advertising agency.

Press Association