Info in English getting better all the time…
But it’s still super confusing. This is where you go to join a Nation – let’s just say that to keep it simple to begin… 😉
Good luck figuring it out – it’s worth it!! 😀
Discussion is not letting up regarding a slave-trade costume at a nation party. It is still all over Lund and Swedish news (as here in The Local), and apparently a complaint has been put forth before a EU commission (you can read more here Google-translated from Svenska Dagbladet, but double check that Tom Petty reference – this is Swedish rapper Petter we’re talking about!)…
Here is an interesting article in Sydsvenskan (Google translated of course), which links back to a recent debate about Lund traditions and discrimination. You can check a vox-pop of students asked for their opinion out top.
Official statement released
Lund University has published a press release regarding the incident which has led to potential charges of racism at a nation. This is the official translation we have been sent:
Zero tolerance of racism and discrimination
Lund University’s vice-chancellor and pro vice-chancellor have today met Hallands nation’s qurator and inspector in connection with the incident at Hallands nation, where students at a dinner held a mock slave auction.
Lund University’s core values uphold equality and ethnic and social diversity. Discrimination and unfair treatment are not acceptable. Respect, tolerance and consideration shall be shown to all, and there shall be shared responsibility and loyalty to the University’s core values, duties and aims.
“Following the core values should be a matter of course for all employees, students, unions and nations. There must be no doubt that we have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination”, say Lund University Vice-Chancellor Per Eriksson and Pro Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.
Besides the meeting with Hallands nation, the vice-chancellor and pro vice-chancellor will use future meetings with the students’ unions and nations to ensure that Lund University’s core values are also followed in the activities of the unions and nations.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Women’s Day. How is the date marked in Sweden, a country generally recognized for its feminism and gender equality?
DN.se has this general history of Women’s Day and this Q&A with some Swedish female public figures (SvD.se, for their part, speak to EU parlementarian Eva-Britt Svensson). Some are saying that Sweden is no longer a model of fighting for women’s rights and recognition, however – you can read some of those criticisms here from Sverige Radio. (All links Google translated.)
In Lund, a few activities are taking place: there is the documentary Pink Saris at Mejeriet, the Law Students’ Association is having a combined semlordagen and Women’s Day event, Smålands’ feminist Ronja Cafe is having a special celebration – this last link is timed to follow the large city-wide event at Stortorget, which will begin at 5:30PM (all Facebook events).
Wishing all Women and those who love them a great day!