Åsa Regnér

Åsa Regnér

Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

"As a minister in a feminist government, I want to contribute to the work of developing a modern welfare model. Rights issues, opportunities for influence and supporting the most vulnerable in society are central. The objective is a clearer gender equality policy and increased participation and accessibility in society. The rights of the child will be strengthened as well as quality, security and presence in elderly care."

News from Åsa Regnér

  • Next step to incorporate Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law

    Photo: Folio

    The Government in Sweden decided to submit a proposal to the Council on Legislation to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law. The Government considers that the Convention’s strong position must be made clearer and that a child rights-based approach must have a major impact in the application of the law.

  • International high-level meeting in the Riksdag on displaced children

    • Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices of Sweden

    • A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/

    • Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 24 April, a high-level meeting on displaced children was held in the Riksdag. It was organised by the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, the Children’s Welfare Foundation Sweden and the Riksdag. Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér was one of the keynote speakers at the meeting, which was attended by children’s representatives from a number of European countries and child rights experts from across Europe, as well as representatives of Swedish government agencies and civil society organisations working with child rights.

Two women in New York in winter.
Minister of Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, and Swedish actor and gender equality debater Sissela Kyle in New York. Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices of Sweden

Sweden a strong voice for women’s rights at 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

“This year, it feels more important than ever to participate. Many of us view what is happening around the world today with concern. Human rights and gender equality are not at the top of the global agenda. In particular, the rights of young girls, women and LGBT people are questioned,” says Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér in connection with her participation at the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on 13–24 March.

An older man with two older women actively playing a game.
The objective has been for older women and men to be able to lead an active life and exert influence in society Photo: Maskot/Folio

UN report gathers Swedish initiatives for the rights of older people

On 31 October, the Government sent the Swedish report ‘National follow-up of the regional implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) in Sweden’ to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Young boy studying in a classrum.
During the autumn, the Government has taken a number of decisions and initiatives to support municipalities in their work with unaccompanied minors. Photo: Folio

The Government helps municipalities place unaccompanied minors

The reception of large numbers of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in 2015 involved a considerable undertaking on the part of the municipalities to achieve a good long-term system of reception in which account is taken of children’s rights. Although the number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in Sweden has decreased, Sweden will probably receive a large number of unaccompanied girls and boys in coming years too.

Ministers Anders Ygeman and Åsa Regnér
Ministers Anders Ygeman and Åsa Regnér Photo: Ministry of Justice

Government presented measures in response to refugee situation

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency is to coordinate the management of the refugee situation. Financial support granted to the Swedish Red Cross and Health and Social Care Inspectorate to strengthen capacity in permit application processing.

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