Åsa Regnér

Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality 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

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

    • 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

    • Man and woman at a Convention Centre.

      The Swedish Ambassador at large for combating trafficing in persons, Per-Anders Sunesson, and the Minister for Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér.

      Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices of Sweden

    “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.

  • UN report gathers Swedish initiatives for the rights of older people

    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

    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.

Photo: Folio

Convention on the Rights of the Child about to become Swedish law

The Government intends to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Swedish law. On 19 February 2015 the Government adopted supplementary terms of reference for the Inquiry on the rights of the child appointed in March 2013. The assignment has been extended and the Inquiry has been delivered as a full report by 11 Mars 2016 (SOU 2016:19).

Åsa Regnér
"Women's rights are human rights, and human rights are women's rights. They must never be violated on grounds of culture, tradition, honour or religion," says Ms Regnér. Photo: Sweden Abroad.

CSW 2015: Sweden stands up for women's empowerment

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is holding its annual meeting in New York between 9 and 20 March. Sweden's Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, is leading the Swedish delegation and participating in several events. "Sweden's voice for the rights of women and girls worldwide plays a role for others. Our line is to stand up for gender equality and the right of women to self-determination," says Ms Regnér.

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