Gender neutrality but high domestic violence rate in Sweden says Rosie Batty

March 16, 2016

rosie battyAustralian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty takes a closer look at domestic violence in Sweden.

Sweden is supposed to be one of the safest places on earth to be a woman. It constantly tops international surveys of gender neutrality — equal opportunity for men and women.

The country is also famous for its generous paternity leave scheme, and large number of women in the workforce and in positions of power.

But all is not as it seems. Sweden also has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Europe.

Almost half of Swedish women will experience physical, sexual or psychological violence at the hands of men in their lifetime.

In 2013, more than 29,000 cases of violence against women were reported to police.

Travelling through the country Ms Batty finds it hard to comprehend the stark contrast between Sweden’s natural beauty and its dark underbelly of violence against women.

Gender equality is often put forward by academics, activists and policy makers as an effective way to combat domestic violence.

The idea is that if men and women are equal, domestic violence rates will fall. But that has not happened in Sweden. To read more click here.

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