Handbook on Sweden’s feminist foreign policy launched

On 23 August, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented a handbook on Sweden’s feminist foreign policy.

“In a worsening climate where human rights and women’s and girls’ rights are increasingly questioned and threatened, and in a world of shrinking democratic space, a feminist foreign policy is needed more than ever. I hope this handbook can be of help along the way for all of us who want to continue fighting for a gender-equal world,” says Ms Wallström.

The handbook shares the lessons and examples of four years of feminist foreign policy. At the same time, it describes just a small sample of all experiences, not least because the work is constantly evolving.

Sweden is the first country in the world to pursue a feminist foreign policy. The handbook is intended to support the Swedish Foreign Service, central government administration and society in general. But the handbook is also expected to attract an international readership, since there is major international interest in the policy.

The handbook answers many of the questions about how Sweden has worked on developing and implementing the feminist foreign policy, and is structured to be relevant to anyone working multilaterally, bilaterally or on changing social norms in general.

The handbook is available from regeringen.se in both Swedish and English, and in PDF and printed formats.