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Biography of Nyamko SABUNI

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Born on 31/03/1969 (format : day/month/year)

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Nyamko Sabuni (born 31 march 1969), is a Swedish politician of Congolese (DRC) origin.

Nyamko Ana Sabuni (born 31 March 1969) is a Swedish politician currently serving as Minister for Integration and Gender Equality in the cabinet of Fredrik Reinfeldt. She is a member of the Liberal People's Party and was previously a member of the Riksdag (Parliament) between 2002 and 2006. She assumed the office of Minister for Integration and Gender Equality on October 6, 2006.

Personal life

Nyamko Sabuni was born in Bujumbura in Burundi where her father, a left-wing politician from Zaire, lived in exile. Sabuni's father is a Christian while her mother is a Muslim.The family obtained political asylum in Sweden in 1981 and Sabuni grew up in Kungsängen, north of Stockholm. She studied law at Uppsala University, migration policy at Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna, and information and media communications at Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm.

She is married to a Swedish man with whom she has two twin-boys. She has described herself as non-religious.

Political career

Sabuni was a member of board of the Liberal Youth of Sweden from 1996 to 1998. She has cited the murder of the Ivorian refugee Gerard Gbeyo by a Swedish skinhead in the town of Klippan in 1995 as one of the reasons she became involved in politics.

In a July 17, 2006, opinion letter published in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Sabuni called for mandatory gynecological examinations of all schoolgirls in order to prevent genital mutilation (also known as female circumcision). She has proposed a ban on hijab for girls under 15 and also advocated the inclusion of honor killings as an independent category within the Swedish criminal code.In July 2006 her book Flickorna vi sviker ("The Girls We Betray"), about women in Sweden living under the threat of honor violence, was published.

On October 6, 2006, the new Swedish coalition government which emerged from the election announced Sabuni's appointment as the new Minister for Integration and Gender Equality. She is the first person of African descent to be appointed as Minister in a Swedish government.

Sabuni's appointment as Minister for Integration and Gender Equality was met with protests from Sweden's Muslims, who accused her of being islamophobic and populist. A petition against her appointment was signed by – among others – the Muslim Association of Sweden, the largest organization representing Muslims in Sweden.



Last update : 10/05/2011


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