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Amineh Kakabaveh (Persian: آمنه کاکه‌باوه‎; born 6 December 1970)[2] is a Swedish Left Party politician of Iranian Kurdish descent.[3] She has been a member of the Parliament of Sweden since 2008.

Amineh Kakabaveh
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Member of the Swedish Parliament
for Stockholm Municipality
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1970-12-06) 6 December 1970 (age 47)
Bukan, Iran[1][2]
Political party Left Party
Other political
Video of Kakabaveh presenting herself.

Before fleeing to Sweden via Turkey, she was a member of Komalah and a Peshmerga fighter. Before entering the parliament Kakabaveh was awarded a master's degree in social work at Stockholm University and worked as a social worker in Stockholm.[4] Inspired by the French movement Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither Whores nor Doormats) Kakabaveh in 2005 founded the feminist and antiracist organization Varken hora eller kuvad.[5] As a politician and opinion maker Kakabaveh has highlighted topics such as honour crimes, women's rights and secularism. Her work has made her a controversial person within Swedish politics and her own Left party, but also earned her the title of "Swede of the year" as awarded by Fokus magazine.[6] Her autobiography Amineh – inte större än en kalasjnikov (Amineh – not bigger than a Kalashnikov) was released in 2016, detailing her time with the Peshmerga.[7]


  1. ^ Bozarslan, Mahmut; Bila, Sibel Utku (22 February 2016). "How one Kurdish woman went from child soldier to Swedish lawmaker". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Amineh, vänsterpolitiker med en tuff bakgrund flydde kriget som 14-åring" [Amineh, Left Party politician who fled the war at age 14]. Passagen. 7 July 2014. Archived from the original on 2 September 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Laying Kalashnikov to Rest, Amineh Kakabaveh fights on". Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Laying Kalashnikov to Rest, Amineh Kakabaveh Fights On". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Den feministiska och antirasistiska gräsrotsrörelsen". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Årets svensk - Fokus". Fokus (in Swedish). 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  7. ^ "Amineh – inte större än en kalasjnikov : från peshmerga till riksdagsledamot - Ordfront förlag". Retrieved 12 July 2017.

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