The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book “We should all be feminists” was released in Swedish yesterday. The book is her personal call for a feminism that concerns us all. The text was originally a TED-talk that has been seen by more than two million people on Youtube and was sampled in Beyoncé’s “***Flawless”.

The Swedish Women’s Lobby and Albert Bonniers Förlag together with the UN association of Sweden, LO, The Order of the Teaspoon, Unizon and Gertrud Åström, have distributed the book, in Swedish, as a gift to all second grade high school students in Sweden. Our hope is that We should all be feminists will work as a stepping stone for a discussion about gender equality and feminism.

This is the book that I wish all of my male class mates would have read when I was 16. It feels so important to contribute to this project. It is a gift to all second grade high school students, but it is also a gift to ourselves and future generations, says Clara Berglund, Chairperson of Swedish Women’s Lobby.

Yesterday, on December 1st 2015, the book Alla borde vara feminister, which is the name of the Swedish version (translated by Niclas Hval), was launched at Norra Real High school in Stockholm. The Swedish Women’s Lobby, together with our partner organisations, held a press conference on the historic initiative to distribute the book in Sweden. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie herself, who is an active voice for gender equality and feminism, participated with a video greeting to the Swedish high school students.

Watch her greeting here:

 “Our hope is that the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie text will open up a conversation about gender and gender roles, starting from young people’s own experiences.” says Albert Bonnier publisher Johanna Haegerström.

The organisations behind the project want to encourage teachers to integrate We should all be feminists into their teaching. In January, discussion guide lines will also be handed out to the teachers to facilitate the discussions in the classrooms.

CONTACT

Stephanie Thögersen, Project manager, Swedish Women’s Lobby

+46 73 555 08 30

stephanie.thogersen@sverigeskvinnolobby.se

Anna Tillgren, PR- and communications officer, Albert Bonniers Förlag

+46 70 370 99 29

anna.tillgren@bonnierforlagen.se