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Sweden's deputy PM trolls Donald Trump with a women-only photo

The bill she signed will bind future Swedish governments to net zero emissions by 2045 – “for a safer and better future”.

SWEDEN’S DEPUTY PRIME minister, Isabella Lövin, today published a photograph of herself signing a climate bill surrounded by her closest female colleagues, trolling a photo of US President Donald Trump.

Isabella Lövin Source: @IsabellaLovin

In the photo, Lövin, who also serves as environment and development aid minister, is seated at a desk as she signs the bill under the watchful eye of seven female colleagues, including one who is visibly pregnant.

The shot parodies a photo taken of Donald Trump on 23 January in the White House, as he signs a decree barring US federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion, as his all-male colleagues look on.

Trump Source: Evan Vucci/PA Images

Sweden, a pioneer in women’s rights, is known for its high level of women in the workplace, including in parliament and government.

“We are a feminist government, which shows in this photo. Ultimately it is up to the observer to interpret the photo,” the Swedish minister wrote in a comment to AFP.

The climate bill she is signing in the photo aims to make Sweden carbon neutral by 2045 and “marks a new era in Swedish climate politics,” Lövin wrote.

“There is a global demand for climate leadership. I want to show that Sweden is ready to take that leadership,” she added.

The Trump photo elicited an avalanche of comments, many of them remarking that no woman was present for a decision concerning women.

© – AFP 2017

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