Examples of what Sweden’s feminist foreign policy has contributed to

R/RIGHTS The feminist foreign policy has contributed to:

Increased focus on women, peace and security in the United Nations Security Council
In 2017, women, peace and security were referred to in all Security Council presidential statements on crisis situations. This is an increase of 150 per cent since 2015.

310 commitments to prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies
Through its chairmanship of the Call to Action initiative, Sweden has recruited 17 new members who, together with the other 50 members, have made 310 commitments to prevent violence in humanitarian emergencies.

New legislation prohibiting the purchase of sexual services in several countries
Sweden cooperates closely with countries reviewing their legislation on the purchase of sexual services. In recent years, Ireland, France and the region of Northern Ireland have adopted legislation that is equivalent to that in Sweden.

Improved opportunities to combat domestic violence in China
Sweden has co-financed a study on employee and employer knowledge of China's legislation prohibiting domestic violence, with the aim of strengthening the private sector's efforts against the violence.

Over 900 000 fewer unwanted pregnancies in East Africa
Sweden has intensified its work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). One example is that a Swedish-backed programme is estimated to have prevented more than 900 000 unwanted pregnancies, around 700 000 unsafe abortions and approximately 5 000 cases of maternal mortality in East Africa.

Thousands of new midwives per year in Afghanistan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Zambia and other countries
Thanks to Swedish funding, thousands of midwives have been trained every year, which has led to millions of women being able to give birth with the support of trained staff. 


R/REPRESENTATION The feminist foreign policy has contributed to:

Increased participation of women in peace efforts in Mali, Colombia, Syria and other countries
There are 12 focus countries in Sweden's national action plan for women, peace and security and Sweden has strengthened women's participation for peace and security in these and other countries.

Started and supported networks for women peace mediators
Sweden has started a network for women peace mediators that now actively contributes to increase women's influence in peace processes. The network has also inspired and supported the emergence of other mediation networks for women, including in Africa, the Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

Strengthened gender equality perspective in disarmament and non-proliferation efforts
Sweden has worked both multilaterally and locally, including through supporting gender mainstreaming of the work to counter the spread of weapons in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel region, and by lifting the role of women in disarmament efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Law on 40 per cent women in Moldovan parliament
Sweden contributed to Moldova adopting a law in 2016 stipulating that party lists in connection with parliamentary elections must include at least 40 per cent women in electable positions.

70 per cent more women members in the Somali parliament
Sweden's work is considered to have contributed to the share of women members of Somalia's parliament increasing by 70 per cent in the 2016 election, and is now at 24 per cent.

Increased representation of women on Wikipedia
Sweden, in cooperation with Wikimedia and local partners, is taking a global initiative to contribute to a more gender-equal internet. On International Women's Day, 8 March, edit-a-thons were held in some 50 countries to increase the representation of women on Wikipedia.

Stronger women leaders and entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia
Sweden has established a leadership programme for women leaders and entrepreneurs in the Saudi Arabian business sector. The programme also serves as a network for Swedish and Saudi Arabian business sector actors.

Enhanced EU efforts on gender equality and women, peace and security
Sweden has pushed through a new advisory function and plan for gender equality, and contributed to the EU's follow-up of violence in conflicts and gender mainstreaming in its external crisis response.


R/RESOURCES The feminist foreign policy has contributed to:

More resources than ever for women's and girls' human rights
In 2018, Sweden is allocating more resources than ever to development cooperation and humanitarian support, which also means more resources than ever for women's and girls' human rights.

35 per cent increase in support to women organisations
Between 2015 and 2016, Sweden increased its support to women's organisations by 35 per cent within the framework of development cooperation. The investment in women's organisations will increase under the new strategy.

New billion for gender equality with new development strategy
A new global strategy for gender equality and women's and girls' human rights will be adopted in 2018 and means an investment in the range of SEK 0.8–1.2 billion over five years.

Multi-million support to SRHR and co-founder of She Decides movement
Sweden has intensified its work on sexual and reproductive health and rights. In 2017, an extra SEK 200 million was allocated at the same time as Sweden helped found the She Decides movement. In 2018, support to multilateral organisations working on SRHR is being increased.

Central support to global efforts for women's and girls' empowerment
Sweden is the largest donor of core support to the UN body for gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment, UN Women. In 2018, the support will amount to SEK 134 million.

Systematic focus on gender-responsive budgeting nationally and internationally
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has strengthened the gender mainstreaming of its grant management and pursued gender-responsive budgeting as a method in bilateral cooperation (e.g. in the Ukraine) and multilaterally (e.g. in the UN).

Strengthened work against discriminatory legislation
Sweden has contributed the World Bank's work to survey and follow up discriminatory legislation in 173 countries.

Increased consciousness of how trade policy decisions affect gender equality
Sweden has funded the development of tools to analyse the effects of trade policy measures on women and gender equality, which has been received with great interest internationally.