Gender equality

Gender equality is equality between women and men, who should have the same opportunities to shape society and their own lives.This area includes issues such as power, influence, finances, education, work and physical integrity.

Responsible for gender equality

Responsible minister

Åsa Regnér
Åsa Regnér Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Responsible ministry

News about gender equality

  • 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.

  • A Feminist Government

    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

    Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. There is a focus on gender equality, both in national and international work. Women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives. Ultimately it is a question of human rights, democracy and justice. Gender equality is also a part of the solution to the challenges facing society. Gender equality is a matter of course in a modern welfare society – for social justice and economic development.

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