Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for issues concerning the welfare of society. This is about promoting people’s health, but also making sure that sick people get the treatment that they need. It includes insurance to provide financial security for those who are sick or elderly, or have young children. Providing care for people with social difficulties, the disabled and the elderly is also included. The Ministry’s work also includes rights of the child, rights for people with disabilities and gender equality.
News from Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
UN adopts a declaration to reduce world drug problems
On Tuesday 19 April, the UN Member States adopted a new declaration that supplements other existing decisions, where they commit to working to reduce demand and access to drugs. The decision was taken at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, UNGASS, in New York, which will continue until 21 April.
Sport – an arena for integrating new arrivals
Sweden's Government believes that it is particularly important to provide good opportunities for new arrivals to participate in Swedish society. The sports movement offers meeting places for everyone and thereby an arena for integration. The Government is therefore giving SEK 64 million annually to support the sports movement's work with new arrivals in Sweden.
A review of parental insurance
An Inquiry will conduct a review of the rules for parental leave and parental insurance. The purpose is to identify problems and propose measures so that parental insurance can contribute to a greater extent to gender equality in the labour market and gender-equal parenting and can keep contributing to good conditions for children to grow up in.
A Feminist Government
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. There is a focus on gender equality, both in national and international work. Women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives. Ultimately it is a question of human rights, democracy and justice. Gender equality is also a part of the solution to the challenges facing society. Gender equality is a matter of course in a modern welfare society – for social justice and economic development.
Measures for shorter waiting times in cancer care
The Swedish Government is carrying out a number of measures to ensure more equitable and accessible cancer care, with a focus on shortening waiting times and reducing regional differences.
The CEDAW Committee gives Sweden recommendations on gender equality work
On 7 March, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) presented its overall observations on Sweden’s gender equality work. The Committee’s opinion was generally positive. However, it voiced criticism concerning the gender-segregated labour market, men’s violence against women and shortcomings in the governance of gender equality work.
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