The Government of Sweden tasks the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence

On 25 January the Swedish government decided to task the Armed Forces to support the United Nations with gender competence. Sweden is responding to a sought after need within the UN and will thereby continue to be an active partner for gender equality and its development within the UN system.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Misiter for Defence Peter Hultqvist visiting the UN Mission in Mali 2016
Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visiting the UN Mission in Mali 2016. Photo: Swedish Defence Force

Sweden will support the UN with gender competence by offering training oportunities at the centre for implementation of gender perspectives in military operations - the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations, NCGM. Since 22 February 2013, this centre of Nordic defence cooperation has been tasked with leading the gender area within NATO.

NCGM was established five years ago in part responding to Security Council resolution 1325. Adopted 17 years ago, the resolution aims at including women to a much greater extent in the work for peace and security and to take into consideration the perspectives of both men and women in this work.

Sweden is a strong advocate and has been working hard for increased implementation, understanding, education and competence in the gender field. This is in line with the government's feminist foreign policy and Sweden's work on the already existing Security Council agenda for women, peace and security.

- Gender in military operations is a priority for Sweden. We have unique skills in which NCGM has developed the only certified Gender Advisor course that exists for military personnel. Increased skills in and understanding of gender issues also increases the operational effects of a military operation, says Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

- Sweden is actively working on the issue of women, peace and security in the EU, the UN and in our cooperation with other countries and organisations, such as NATO. Knowledge and education are important and we contribute to this through the NCGM, says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

Contact

Marinette Nyh Radebo
Press Secretary to Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist
Phone +46 8 405 25 15
Mobile +46 72-238 77 44
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Pezhman Fivrin
Press Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström
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