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A Feminist Government

Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation. A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. Gender equality is also part of the solution to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development. The Government’s most important tool for implementing feminist policy is gender mainstreaming, of which gender-responsive budgeting is an important component.

Feminist government policy – a good investment for Sweden and the world

  • Gender equality part of the solution to challenges in society

    Picture of the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén and the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér
    Picture of the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén and the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér. Photo: Sören Andersson/Regeringskansliet

    “The world’s first feminist government is now implementing a policy to increase gender equality”, the Prime Minister established in the Statement of Government Policy.

Feminist policy

  • Minister for Justice Morgan Johansson, Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér and Minister for Education Gustaf Fridolin at the press conference where the Government presented the feminist policy for a gender-equal future.
    Minister for Justice Morgan Johansson, Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér and Minister for Education Gustaf Fridolin at the press conference where the Government presented the feminist policy for a gender-equal future. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    1. Swedish Government presents feminist policy for a gender-equal future

    The Swedish Government has presented a gender quality policy communication entitled Power, targets and agencies – a feminist policy for a gender-equal future, including a ten-year National strategy to prevent and combat men’s violence against women. As one of the measures in the strategy, the Government intends to amend the degree descriptions in the Higher Education Ordinance for educational programmes where it is most necessary and where students will encounter perpetrators and victims of violence in their future careers.

  • Photo of Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér.
    Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Regeringskansliet

    2. Gender equality policy in Sweden

    Sweden has the world's first feminist government. In practice, this means a commitment to building a society in which women and men, girls and boys can live their lives to their full potential. Gender equality is a matter of human rights, of democracy and of justice. It is also an engine driving social development and creating genuine change in society and in people's lives.

  • Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

    3. Swedish Government to establish gender equality agency

    In its Budget Bill, the Swedish Government states its intention to establish a gender equality agency. The agency will help ensure effective implementation of gender equality policy. Before the end of the year, the Government will also present a new national strategy, including an action plan for 2017–2020, to prevent and combat men’s violence against women. Some of the initiatives in the strategy are the result of negotiations with the Left Party.

  • Magdalena Andersson
    Magdalena Andersson Photo: Kristian Pohl, Government Offices of Sweden

    4. Gender-responsive budgeting

    Sweden has a feminist government that is working to achieve gender equality at all levels of society. Gender equality in the budget process is of central importance in realising feminist policies. As far as possible, the budget is to promote gender equality so that all people, regardless of gender, can live a gender-equal life.

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs  Margot Wallström
    Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. Photo: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

    5. This is how Sweden will make a difference in the Security Council

    Opinion piece by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström in Dagens Nyheter 28 June 2016. "Sweden has been elected. The seat on the UN Security Council is a great victory for Swedish foreign policy and Swedish diplomacy. We are convinced that as a small and open country dependent on the rest of the world, it is in our interest to contribute to and defend the international order that has at its core the United Nations and the Security Council,” writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party)."

  • Picture of Per-Anders Sunesson, Sweden´s new ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings.
    Per-Anders Sunesson, Sweden´s new ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings. Photo: Mats Bäckelin/Government Offices

    6. New Swedish ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings

    The Government has decided to create a new position for an ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings. This decision will strengthen Sweden’s international role as a leading human rights defender. Per-Anders Sunesson, currently head of department at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, will assume this new position on 16 May.

  • Photo of Minister for Children, The Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, in Jordan.
    Minister for Children, The Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, spoke at Women in Parliments Summit 2016, Amman, Jordan, 5 May 2016. Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices

    7. Speech by Minister for Children, The Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér on Policy Answers to the Refugee Crisis

    Women in Parliaments Summit 2016 Amman, Jordan, 5 May 2016 Check against delivery.

  • Isabella Lövin
    Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

    8. Opinion article: "Access to the life-saving services of a midwife is a gender rights issue"

    In the mid-18th century, the maternal mortality rate in Sweden approached 900 deaths for every 100,000 births. A hundred years later, the introduction of professional midwives had contributed to the rate being pushed down to 230.

  • Illustration: Government Offices of Sweden

    9. Opinion article: "We must teach more countries about our Sexual Purchases Act”

    Opinion article, Expressen, 23 April 2016 France is the fourth European country to criminalise sexual purchases. We hope that more countries will take decisions in this direction, writes Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.

  • Portrait of Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér
    Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér Photo: Kristian Pohl/Goverment Offices of Sweden

    10. Challenging Cyber Harassment for Women and Girls Worldwide

    Blog text in the Huffington Post, 8 March 2016 Gender equality issues are a high priority for Sweden’s feminist government. An important aspect in this context is women’s right to internet safety, writes Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality.

  • Portrait of Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström,
    Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices of Sweden

    11. Speech by Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström at UNGASS Roundtable on Human Rights

    "I represent Sweden, the world's first feminist government. A feminist Government lets gender equality have a formative impact on all policy choices, priorities, and in allocation of resources. It makes for better policies. Drug policy is no different."

  • Photo of Yoko Hayashi and Pernilla Baralt at the CEDAW-dialogue.
    Yoko Hayashi, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Pernilla Baralt, State Secretary of the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. Photo: Berit Jernberg/Regeringskansliet

    12. 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.

  • Picture of minister Åsa Regnér
    "It is important that the world's countries gather at the UN to promote women's rights in these times of violence and conflict. In addition, there is now a new framework based on the Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda," says Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Regeringskansliet

    13. Gender equality and sustainable development on the agenda of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York

    The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in New York on 14–24 March, agreed on a set of conclusions urging gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ms Regnér, who led Sweden's delegation in New York, gave a speech at the UN General Assembly on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women from the perspective of Sweden's gender equality work.

  • Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and parents.
    Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and parents. Photo: Mikael Sjöberg

    14. 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.

  • Margot Wallström with mediators.
    Margot Wallström with mediators. Photo: Jessica Garpvall/Government Offices of Sweden

    15. Women’s participation helps ensure that peace is more sustainable

    Fifteen years ago, 31 October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. But far too often, women are still excluded, which poses a threat to peace and security and sustainable development in several parts of the world. Sweden is therefore working actively to promote the agenda for women, peace and security.

  1. 1 Swedish Government presents feminist policy for a gender-equal future
  2. 2 Gender equality policy in Sweden
  3. 3 Swedish Government to establish gender equality agency
  4. 4 Gender-responsive budgeting
  5. 5 This is how Sweden will make a difference in the Security Council
  6. 6 New Swedish ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings
  7. 7 Speech by Minister for Children, The Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér on Policy Answers to the Refugee Crisis
  8. 8 Opinion article: "Access to the life-saving services of a midwife is a gender rights issue"
  9. 9 Opinion article: "We must teach more countries about our Sexual Purchases Act”
  10. 10 Challenging Cyber Harassment for Women and Girls Worldwide
  11. 11 Speech by Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström at UNGASS Roundtable on Human Rights
  12. 12 The CEDAW Committee gives Sweden recommendations on gender equality work
  13. 13 Gender equality and sustainable development on the agenda of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York
  14. 14 A review of parental insurance
  15. 15 Women’s participation helps ensure that peace is more sustainable

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