In February this year the Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, Nyamko Sabuni, made a brilliantly nuanced speech at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. During her speech, she proposed, “Good quality education is essential in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment”. However, for one pre-school in Sweden, it seems gender “neutrality” is the key to progress.
In an attempt to tackle “gender bias”, the Egalia pre-school of Stockholm has decided that pronouns may have a hand in jeopardizing gender equality. Consequentially, students will not be subjected to the use of “him” and “her”, and shall be addressed merely as “friends”. Continue reading →