Gudrun Schyman is a Swedish politician and a Member of Parliament (Riksdagen) since 1988. She served as leader of the Socialist Party from 1993 until January 2003. She remained a member of the Left Party until 2004, when she left to focus entirely on her feminist political work. She is trained as a social worker, specializing in municipal social care services, but primarily in child abuse and victims. Gudrun Schyman has been active in the Swedish and international peace movement since the early 1980s. During the last few years, Schyman has emphasised - both in the Parliament and outside - the feminist dimension of politics and social affairs in general and in security politics in particular. She is the chairperson of the Swedish branch of Women Without Borders - Kvinnor Utan Gränser, KUG.
Her main achievement to date has been her co-founding the Feminist Initiative in 2005, a feminist party, and her participation in the 2006 Swedish elections. She really revolutionized politics in Sweden (and beyond) to shake up Swedish politicians, media and wider public. The previous view had been that feminism was obsolete and gender equality was already achieved. She forced other parties in the Swedish political spectrum and beyond, to take a position on how to advance gender equality.
In addition to that, she moved the debate from the State as the main guarantor of equal rights, to the necessary changes men should undertake (both in politics, political parties, and in society). She actively contributed to the campaign and the party consolidation in a frenzy agenda of interviews, rallies, TV programmes, writings and manifestos, website, controversial stunts, etc. Her writings were extraordinary by the candour displayed in them and the brave step forward they created in shaking the status quo.