VISBY, Sweden, July 6 (UPI) -- Sweden's Feminist Initiative party set fire to $13,000 Tuesday in a protest aimed at drawing attention to gender-based pay discrimination.
Party leader Gudrun Schyman said the money, donated by two men, was equivalent to the amount female workers in the county are denied every minute as a result of making less than men in the same jobs, The Local reported Tuesday.
Schyman said at the burning Tuesday in the city of Visby that the fire was a more effective tool than to "burn" the cash on a half-page advertisement calling for equal pay.
"Discrimination against women is allowed to continue year in and year out. It is one of the biggest scandals in our democracy that neither the parliament, government or social partners do more for the human right to not be discriminated against because of their gender," the party leader said.