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

  • Conference with a gender perspective on fair jobs and growth

    Photo: Laila Östlund/The University of Gothenburg

    Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér hosted a conference on how gender equality can contribute to fair jobs and growth the 8 November in Gothenburg. Gender equality ministers, from the upcoming EU presidencies, participate and discussed gender equality in relation to the labour market and overall progress in the area of gender equality in the EU based on the Gender Equality Index of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

  • Reforms for increased security and welfare in the Budget Bill for 2018

    In the Budget Bill for 2018, the Government presents a range of proposals to increase security and welfare in Sweden. Here you can learn more about the proposals related to the areas of responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

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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