The Swedish government is facing ridicule once again for creating a gender-based solution for a non-gender issue.
The latest “solution” targets the growing and widespread violence against natural-born Swedish women, primarily by immigrants to the country. Instead of mentioning the rise in violence by migrants, particularly when it comes to rape, the country’s initiative is instead focusing on men in general.
According to the BBC (and based on Sweden’s own statistics) the majority of convicted rapists in the country are not native to the country. They are foreign born. Slightly more than half of the convicted attackers are from Africa, the Middle East and other nations. This number only includes convicted rapists — those that are accused but not convicted or charged are not tracked based on nationality, so there are no figures to account for them.
The rise in violence overall in Sweden has led to an increase in more conservative policies. The latest initiative is the brainchild of liberal politician Jan Jönsson, and is designed to increase safety in areas of the nation that are no longer safe for women at all. Rinkeby and similar suburbs are now considered “no-go” zones due to the overwhelming risk of violence against women.
According to Jönsson, this is an initiative designed to incorporate education to convince young men that attacking women is a bad idea.
“The social service will ask the police to investigate people under the age of 15 where there is a suspicion that people have committed serious crimes. In principle, this is not done today and we want to change that,” Jönsson said.
Once identified, social services will enact education and messaging to convince offenders not to attack women. The social service program would also be used to provide more information to police and help them identify people at risk of gang involvement at a young age.
The program will also target male gender roles:
“It is actually the case that the majority of the crimes committed are boys and young men. We want to discuss gender norms early, how to be like a boy and impulse control.”
By focusing efforts on young men, the progressive hopes to turn the rising crime statistics around and make the country safe for women once again.
The new initiative is also designed to combat the rising numbers of bombings and explosions related to gang activity in the nation. As of 2019, explosions are already up 45% over last year; the number continues to rise as the year progresses.
By focusing on gender roles instead of deterring crime and violence in the nation, Sweden’s liberal new approach has triggered scorn and derision from political pundits and publications around the world. Previous attempts to solve other, unrelated problems via gender role counseling have notably failed; there is no reason to believe that this time, it will work.