Three years with a feminist foreign policy – The Ministry for Foreign Affairs presents collected examples of what the policy has achieved

Sweden is the first country in the world to pursue a feminist foreign policy. The aim is to contribute to gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights by all women and girls.

The policy was introduced by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in October 2014, and a follow-up conducted by the Swedish Foreign Service shows an intensive implementation process that in only three years has led to concrete results and progress.

The Ministry is now presenting collected examples of how the policy has been pursued and what it has accomplished, both internationally and at country level.

"When I took up the post of Minister for Foreign Affairs, the first thing I did was to announce that Sweden would pursue a feminist foreign policy. The journey has not always been smooth, but these collected examples truly show that the policy has succeeded in making a difference for women and girls around the world. This is more important than ever, given the negative trend we see in the area today," says Ms Wallström.

The feminist foreign policy is being pursued by the Swedish Foreign Service integrating a gender perspective in all its activities. The collected examples give evidence of impact in all policy areas.

"I meet enormous interest in and curiosity about the concept of a 'feminist foreign policy' both at home and out in the world. Many people wonder what a feminist foreign policy involves and what it can achieve. This paper provides concrete examples of how the policy becomes reality, how different environments require different types of measures and initiatives, and how the Swedish Foreign Service is always finding new ways to reach out and make a difference. Sweden's voice is heard around the world."

UN Women recently awarded Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström a prize for her work with the feminist foreign policy.

Link: Sweden's feminist foreign policy – examples from three years of implementation