Dienstag, November 21, 2006


alla olika alla lika

I have finally been to Stockholm. So far I have been in Sweden several times and weeks, to Lund, Malmö, Göteborg, Skelleftea, Lulea, Bommersvik but never to Stockholm. Now, finally I made it. I was invited by LSU, the Swedish youth council to take part in their launch activity for the Swedish “all different – all equal” campaign. It was in an arty little café on the waterfront, with really good jazz music and some good dancing for the evening. The most fascinating thing for me – being Austrian, having seen a right-wing conservative government for the last 6 years, was the Youth minister who spoke at the event. Nyamko Sabuni, 37, Sweden’s new integration and equality minister, came to Sweden with the age of 12 fleeing from Burundi together with her father, a political dissident who was in prison much of her early childhood. She is a black Muslima who was already active in 1995 in the first „all different – all equal“ campaign. A centre-right government in Austria would never ever have such a young, strong and opinionated person that is not even born in Austria as a minister. But not enough, she is really powerful and unconventional – she said on a TV interview “I’m in politics, the ultimate aim has to be to become prime minister.” Not many dare to say the truth so openly!

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