Browsing: Sweden

Swedes can change their legal gender from the age of 16, after the Swedish parliament passed a law lowering the age. The law passed with 234 votes in favour and 94 against in Sweden’s parliament. Sweden was the first country to make gender transition legal – in 1972. But the new law has sparked a debate. For some, lowering the age from 18 to 16 will make an “important difference” but critics say more research is needed.

Scholastique Mukasonga’s powerful and heartbreaking debut book “Inyenzi or Kackerlackorna” has been released in Sweden, shedding light on the tragic events of the Rwandan genocide. The term “Inyenzi” or “Kackerlackorna” (Cockroaches) was used by the Hutu majority to dehumanize the Tutsi minority, setting the stage for the atrocities that followed.