Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality
"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
International high-level meeting in the Riksdag on displaced children
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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