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.

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

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News about gender equality

  • 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.

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

    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

    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.

  • The CEDAW Committee gives Sweden recommendations on gender equality work

    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

    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.

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