Government newsletter: Time for a long-term strategy to combat men's violence against women
11 March 2014
Time for a long-term strategy to combat men's violence against women
Women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives. For this to be possible, men's violence against women must stop. In the last few years the Government has deepened and intensified its extensive initiatives to combat men's violence against women implemented during the last electoral period.
Comprehensive national strategy
To eliminate men's violence against women, the Government has decided to appoint an Inquiry that will draw up a comprehensive national strategy to achieve this objective. The Inquiry's remit includes both violence against women in close relationships and violence committed against women by acquaintances or completely unfamiliar men.
Director-General Pia Enochson has been appointed Inquiry Chair and the final report is due to be delivered by 30 April 2015.
The Government is giving priority to gender mainstreaming at national, regional and local levels. This work includes a development programme for gender mainstreaming at government agencies. Eighteen pilot agencies are taking part in the programme, including Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency), the National Agency for Education and Boverket (the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning). These agencies are now implementing the action plans for work on gender mainstreaming drawn up in 2013.
The Government is also further intensifying its efforts in gender mainstreaming at the Government Offices. This includes providing feedback to the ministries on their gender mainstreaming efforts and how these efforts can be developed.
Men and gender equality
The Government's Inquiry Chair Svend Dahl recently submitted the report 'Men and gender equality' to Minister for Gender Equality Maria Arnholm. The report is a broad survey of what is known about masculinity and the conditions of men in a number of different areas. It includes a in-depth view of men and education, men's health and vulnerability, men's responsibilities in the home and as care providers, and men and violence.
Gender equality - the responsibility of the entire Government
Each government minister is responsible for gender equality within their respective policy area. The Minister for Gender Equality is responsible for pursuing, advancing and coordinating the Government's gender equality policies. The brochure Jämställdhet - hela regeringens ansvar (Gender equality - the responsibility of the entire Government) provides a description by each government minister of how they have helped advance gender equality between men and women within their area of responsibility.
Sweden reports on implementation of CEDAW
In September this year Sweden will report on its implementation of the 1980 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The States Parties to the Convention must submit regular country reports to the CEDAW Committee on measures they have taken to implement the Convention's provisions.
In 2014, UN Member States must also report on follow-up of the Beijing Platform for Action's 12 critical areas of concern. The Beijing Platform for Action is a supplement to CEDAW and was adopted unanimously in 1995 at the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Member States have submitted their country reports every five years since then.
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