Born 1948, former leader of the Socialist Left Party, member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) since 1988 where she has been a member of, among others, the committees for culture and for foreign affairs. She is trained as a social worker, specialized in municipal social care services in general and child abuse and victims of incest in particular. Schyman has been active in the Swedish and international peace movement since the early 1980s.
During the last few years, Schyman has emphasised – both in the Parliament and outside – the feminist dimension of politics and social affairs in general and in security politics in particular. She is the chairperson of the Swedish branch of Women Without Borders – Kvinnor Utan Gränser, KUG.
In 2003 she launched a multi-year democracy and public education project that aims to de-construct the patriarchal order and lead our gender-split society into one humanity. Schyman resigned from her party in autumn 2004, to concentrate fully on feminism, security and related matters as well as raising public awareness about them. Gudrun Schyman became an adviser in the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF) in 1992 and a member of the board in 2003 and an adviser again in 2005.
She started Feministiskt Initiative in April 2005.