Swedish feminists burn USD 13,000 in salary protest

A Swedish feminist party has burnt 100,000 Swedish kronor (USD 13,000) at a barbecue in a protest against unequal pay for men and women.

Stockholm: A Swedish feminist party has burnt
100,000 Swedish kronor (USD 13,000) at a barbecue in a protest
against unequal pay for men and women.
The party, Feminist Initiative, says the money set ablaze
on the Swedish island of Gotland today represents the amount
of money the country`s women miss out on every minute in
comparison to men.

Party leader Gudrun Schyman says "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 per cent lower than that
of men.

The burnt money had been donated by an advertising
agency.

PTI