Swedish Government Pushes New ‘Gender Swap’ Program for Teens
Authorities are in Sweden are steering male teenagers to apply for female summer jobs
Authorities in Sweden are steering male teenagers who apply for summer jobs towards “traditionally female professions” and females to males jobs in a bid to “break” traditional gender roles, according to reports.
The Uppsala municipality’s 2019 jobs scheme has seen approximately 3,000 young people in their final year of mandatory schooling sign up, where every teenager will be guaranteed a three-week work placement over the summer period.
Municipality’s announcement was reported by public broadcaster Sweden’s Television (SVT) on Monday declaring that authorities matching teenage applicants with summer jobs will now “deliberately seek to counteract traditional gender [career] patterns, for example by steering boys towards working at preschools.”
“It is about breaking gender patterns as early as possible, and this is one way for us to do that,” stated Mohamad Hassan, chairman of Uppsala municipality’s Labour Market Committee.
“We have to work to foster gender equality at all levels, and we must start early,” the Liberal People’s Party councilor said.
“It should be every bit as normal for a guy as for a girl to work in preschools — professional roles should not come with labels.
“The same applies to jobs which are perceived as traditionally male, such as in clearing and painting roles, where we are wanting to see more female workers. We intend to make sure to have a good spread of both girls and boys so that everyone can try out different professions,” he added.
The Swedish state has been attempting to ‘deconstruct’ differences between the sexes to manage equality of outcomes, such as the 1998 introduction of laws requiring preschools to “counteract traditional gender roles and gender patterns.”
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But according to rent studies, new findings have revealed what researchers call the “gender equality paradox.”
Sweden and its Nordic neighbors have a smaller number of women in technology, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) careers than nations ranked far lower on ‘female empowerment.'
But the attempt to interfere with gender differences has not always turned out so well, only last year a feminist music festival in Sweden that banned men from attending was found guilty of discrimination by authorities, according to reports.
The event, which is held in Gothenburg in August this year, billed itself as 'the world's first major music festival for women, non-binary and transgender only.
'The festival aptly named 'Statement' violated anti-discrimination legislation, according to a ruling from Sweden's Discrimination Ombudsman (DO).