About the Young Left of Sweden

The Young Left of Sweden is the youth organization of the Swedish Left Party. We are socialists and feminists – young people standing together for justice, for a better standard of life, and for solidarity. We want to stop the size of your wallet, your gender, or where you come from, from determining your future. In The Young Left we fight together for a fundamental change in society. Our strength is that we are many working together for the same goal.

We don’t believe in those who claim that we all benefit from the same politics. We have grown up with welfare cuts, high unemployment, housing shortages and lack of job security. At the same time, some people are making fortunes out of this. The upper class have gotten lower taxes and greater fortunes. Injustices do not emerge by themselves – they exist because someone profit from them. Right-wing politics increase the class differences, we want to end them.

We are feminists
That Sweden is an equal country is a myth. All girls and women suffer under systematic repression – the gender power order – which is why they earn considerably less than men, and why female dominated occupations have worse working conditions. Women pay for welfare cuts and private profits in the welfare system, which is a major factor to why the number of girls suffering from mental illness increases today. The gender power order is also why women are expected to be responsible for relationships and home conditions, and why many women avoid going out alone late at night. The crudest expression of this power structure is of course the sexualized violence.

To change this, a political struggle has to take place. We are feminists because we don’t think gender should determine our opportunities, because we want to end the oppression of women.

Our feminist practice is about change in the here and now. We organize feminist café nights, we help students to launch discussion groups in their schools, and give rhetoric courses for our female members. Our most important practice, however, is feminist self-defense. Feminist self-defense gives girls techniques to defend themselves against violent attacks and abuse – at the same time as it’s a chance to practice self-confidence together, as well as to form sisterhood. We’ve been educating instructors for over ten years, mostly here in Sweden, but also in South Africa, Colombia and Nepal.

We are socialists
Today, those with unbelievable economic wealth and ownership of large companies, have significantly more power than the rest of us. We refuse to have a system where a few get rich at the expense of our labor, and won’t accept a world order based on inequality. The Young Left are fighting and standing up for a truly equal and democratic world, and we know that it is only possible if we change the fundaments in the economic and political system.

 

In a time when inequality is increasing, the climate threat is aggravating, one billion people in the world don’t have food for the day – not because of lack of resources, but because of how resources are distributed – it is very clear that today’s capitalism is unsustainable. We benefit from secure jobs, a strong welfare system and a well-developed social safety net. We fight for politics that reduce class inequalities, with the classless society as our goal.

All around Europe the far-right and fascist forces are growing. The Young Left of Sweden is an anti-racist youth organization. The problems blamed on immigration, are nothing less than results from political decisions. Unemployment, housing shortages and welfare cuts affects us deeply, and for this we should hold the decision makers accountable – not the people who’ve fled from war and oppression. We want Sweden to be a safe sanctuary for people who’ve fled their homelands, and a country that stands up for human rights. The walls surrounding Sweden and Europe has to be demolished. Our message is clear – we need to fight the oppressors, not each other.

We believe in international solidarity and we’re a part of the peace movement. We’ve always been involved and a driving force in the fight for peace and solidarity. We believe that this is wrong and we are fighting together with women’s rights-movements and the Left in other countries to change it.

We are activists
In the Young Left of Sweden members are organized in their local clubs, which is where most of the activities take place. This is because you know what has to be changed in your local area, and what issues are the most important for those who live there. Together, the members decide what political questions they want to focus on. This can result in, for example, spending an afternoon handing out flyers and pamphlets, camping in the park against housing shortages, organizing homework help to advert cuts in school, traveling around schools to talk to students, or arranging feminist festivals.

The Young Left of Sweden was formed in 1903 and has since worked against class injustice, oppression of women, and racism – for better living conditions, work for all, equal rights, peace and international solidarity. We know that it’s always possible to change, but that change won’t ever occur by itself. It’s only through struggle and organization that we, together, can make a difference.

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As an organization, we are dependent on our member. But of course becoming a member of The Young Left of Sweden can also mean a lot to those who decide to join. There is something special about working together with others, uniting and standing up for what you believe in, in discussing issues you are interested in with likeminded, to develop and become one of those who make a difference in this world Sign up, you too.

Contact information
Ung Vänster
Kungsgatan 84
112 27 Stockholm
Sweden

info@ungvanster.se
+46 8 654 31 00