With a shining red car through the city
Name: Elena Lindholm
On 8 March, International Women\'s Day is celebrated worldwide. Senior Lecturer, Elena Lindholm, answers three quick questions about its importance.
In view of the annual International Women\'s Day, what would you say is distinctive in March 2018?
Without a doubt #metoo. In Sweden, the insurgency really sets its mark on the International Women\'s Day this year.
What is important for the development to move in the right direction?
I think it is important to realize that the threats to democracy that we see today are also a threat to women\'s rights. It also applies to other groups in society who do not have a clear place in public space and who can continually stand up and defend their rights, such as ethnic minorities or HBTQ people.
When the winds of right-wing populations blow, we who believe in democratic principles and defending human dignity must merge and defend these fundamental values, even though we may think differently in other matters.
Does the International Women\'s Day mean something special to you?
It obviously means very much, because the fight for gender equality is a global challenge which unfortunately often ends in the dark, behind other issues. Personally, I usually take my little red car to the car wash in the morning every eighth of March, so it shines well when I drive it through town.
Elena Lindholm is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish with a focus on literature. She is also Deputy Director of Studies for Spanish, French, Italian and Russian. She is currently conducting a research project on Societal Motherliness in Italy and Spain: the reception and rewording of Ellen Keys ideas about maternity and female sexuality in a southern European context (1900-1939).
International Women\'s Day 2018