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Victoria Kawesa, (born 12 April 1975 in Uganda) is a Swedish politician and former party leader of the Leader of Feminist Initiative. In March 2017, she was elected the leader of the party, along with Gudrun Schyman.[1][2] Kawesa was the first black party leader in Swedish history.[3] In September 2017, she resigned, citing personal reasons.[1][2]. Kawesa was charged and found guilty of copyright violation.[4] She is a lecturer at Södertörn university.[5]

Victoria Kawesa
Victoria Kawesa 2017 Uppsala 1 (cropped).jpg
Leader of Feminist Initiative
In office
March 2017 – 15 September 2017
Personal details
Born (1975-04-12) 12 April 1975 (age 43)
Political party Feminist Initiative



Kawesa came to Sweden as a nine-year-old with her family who had fled from the war in Uganda, and the family resided in Tensta outside of Stockholm.[6]

Police investigationEdit

In April 2017, a police investigation was commenced against Kawesa after she plagiarized a doctoral work and presented large parts as her own research, for which she was given an admonition by Linköping University.[7][8] She has previously (2013) been reported to have plagiarized another researcher's project application.[9] Kawesa was found guilty by the Crown Court of Stockholm and sentenced to 15,000 kr fines and 6000 kr in damages.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b oRadia Sweden:Feminist Initiative co-leader resigns
  2. ^ a b Aftonbladet:
  3. ^ Radio, Sveriges. avgår–”på grund av livsomständigheter”programid=2842&artikel=6662754 "Victoria Kawesa är Sveriges första svarta partiledare - P5 STHLM" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Victoria Kawesa åtalas för upphovsrättsbrott". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 26 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Södertrörn University". Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Porträtt: Svarta kvinnors röster saknas - Nationella sekretariatet för genusforskning". Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Kulturprofil anklagar Fi:s ledare för plagiat: "Har skott sig på andra kvinnor"". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  8. ^ "Partiledare för Fi polisanmäld: Uppenbart brott" (in Swedish). 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  9. ^ "Länsprofil anklagar Fi:s partiledare för brott". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  10. ^ "Förra Fi-ledaren döms för upphovsrättsbrott". Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  11. ^ "Nyheter detalj". Göteborgs universitet (in Swedish). 2017-12-22. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-20. 

External linksEdit

  Media related to Victoria Kawesa at Wikimedia Commons