Sweden’s deputy prime minister, Isabella Lövin, has published a photograph of herself signing a climate bill surrounded by her closest female colleagues, apparently mocking a photo of US president Donald Trump.
Lövin, who also serves as environment and development aid minister, is seated in the photo at a desk as she signs the bill under the watchful eye of seven female colleagues, including one who is visibly pregnant.
Just signed referral of Swedish #climate law, binding all future governments to net zero emissions by 2045. For a safer and better future.pic.twitter.com/OqOO2y8BU6 — Isabella Lövin (@IsabellaLovin) February 3, 2017
The picture seems to be a reference to a series of photos of Donald Trump signing executive orders, including the reintroduction of the ‘global gag rule’, which were widely mocked.
The pictures were taken of Donald Trump on 23 January in the White House, as he signed a decree barring US federal funding for foreign NGOs that support abortion, as his all-male colleagues looked on.
This group just made it more difficult for women to get access to health care worldwide. You tell me what's wrong with this picture. pic.twitter.com/8UQFWg8qO3— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 23, 2017
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,” Lövin said.
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.
Sweden has criticized the Trump administration’s approach to climate policy as it announced legislation binding future governments to a goal of phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, among the most ambitious by any developed nation.