Sweden´s Minister for Gender Equality to visit US for high level talks

Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér will be visiting New York and Washington on 17–20 January for meetings at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank. The focus will be on gender equality – in particular men’s violence against women – and children’s rights.

"The world recently took a decision on goals for sustainable development. The purpose of my visit is to deepen the dialogue with the UN on important issues to do with gender equality and children's rights in this context. I will also be meeting UN ambassadors from Latin America to further deepen relations with that continent concerning the issues I am responsible for," says Ms Regnér.

The Swedish delegation will also include State Secretary Pernilla Baralt and Niclas Jacobson, Head of the Division for EU and International Affairs.

Meetings with UN bodies on sexual violence

In New York, Ms Regnér will meet Ms Zainab Hawa Bangura, the UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Osotimehin Babatunde from the UNFPA for talks on gender equality and men's violence against women.

Ms Regnér will also visit UNICEF in New York for a dialogue on the situation of unaccompanied refugee children and children's rights.

In Washington, Ms Regnér will meet Kyle Peters, Senior Vice President for Operations, and Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender, at the World Bank for discussions on the new development agenda and to present Sweden's priorities in the area of gender equality. Ms Regnér will also stress the importance of the World Bank prioritising gender equality issues in its operational activities and talk about Sweden's work on gender-responsive budgeting.

In addition, Ms Regnér will meet Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, for talks about gender equality with a focus on women and economic development.

For questions about the programme and for interviews with Ms Regnér, please contact Press Secretary Darina Agha.

Contact

Darina Agha
Temporary press secretary to Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00