It’s not everyday I have good news about gender issues to report from Sweden, but lately things have started changing, albeit slowly.
Newspapers are starting to actually cover some men’s issues and national television has had a couple of reports on men who are abused by their spouse. It’s not like men’s issues are winning the day, or anything of that magnitude, but it is still a definite step in the right direction.
Recently, men’s issues also made their first appearance in Swedish politics. Our minister of gender equality, Nyamko Sabuni, has created a one man commission tasked with investigating what relationship men have to gender equality, and what the important men’s issues are.
This is the first time ever that the Swedish government has acknowledged the existence of men’s issues, let alone that they need more facts on the subject. The person who has been appointed to lead this commission is journalist PM Nilsson.
When appearing on a morning news show, Mr Nilsson stated that a couple of issues he will look into are why boys are struggling in school and why young men don’t seek professional help when they have psychological issues. He will have one year to complete his work, and the government is expecting a full report on November 1st, 2013.
For any Swedish speakers out there, you can read the formal government directive here.