Democracy, gender equality and human rights


CSW 2015: Sweden stands up for women's empowerment

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is holding its annual meeting in New York between 9 and 20 March. Sweden's Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, is leading the Swedish delegation and participating in several events.
"Sweden's voice for the rights of women and girls worldwide plays a role for others. Our line is to stand up for gender equality and the right of women to self-determination," says Ms Regnér

HeForShe Ambassador Stefan Löfven. HeForShe Ambassador Stefan Löfven

HeForShe Ambassador Stefan Löfven

On 23 January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was appointed an IMPACT World Champion Leader for the United Nations HeForShe solidarity movement. Its campaign aims to get men involved in the fight for gender equality. Now all of Sweden's male ministers have joined the movement, making the Swedish Government the first government in the world to get involved collectively in HeForShe.

Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices of Sweden

Major educational project against racism

Holocaust Remembrance Day was 27 January. In cities in Europe and around the world, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau was commemorated. Throughout Sweden, demonstrations and seminars were arranged to commemorate one of the darkest chapters of human history.

Photo of Stefan Löfven and Emma Watson. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven with actor Emma Watson at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo: Maria Davidsson/TT

Stefan Löfven attending World Economic Forum in Davos

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos on 22-23 January.

"First and foremost, I will pursue the issue of how we can use the potential offered by globalisation to create more jobs and increase growth. But my focus will also be on how we can build more equal and gender-equal societies. Over the past few decades we have seen how many countries have become increasingly unequal, and this is a trend that must be broken," says Mr Löfven.

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