Minister for Gender Equality to highlight Consent Act at summit on girls’ and women’s rights
Åsa Lindhagen will be heading the Swedish delegation at the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on 11–22 March. This year’s theme – social protection systems – is intended to highlight global challenges for gender equality.
Global gender equality challenges
CSW is the foremost intergovernmental body working to strengthen the situation of women. Through negotiations, the member countries agree on joint conclusions to strengthen women’s rights in a number of areas. The delegation includes politicians and officials from the Government Offices and the Riksdag, as well as representatives of several government agencies and civil society organisations.
“Gender equality is a fundamental matter of human rights, democracy and social justice. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives,” says Åsa Lindhagen.
Seminar on the Consent Act and family planning
Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen will speak in the UN General Assembly and will also host a seminar in collaboration with the She Decides movement on the subject of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“We will continue our extensive support for sexual and reproductive health and rights, at the normative level as well as financially. For example, Sweden is funding initiatives for safe and legal abortions, contraceptives and comprehensive sexuality education,” says Åsa Lindhagen.
Sweden will also host a seminar about sexual offences legislation and provide information about Sweden’s new Consent Act.
“We will share information on our new sexual offences legislation and an information campaign linked to this. This legislation is based on consent and states the obvious: if sex is not voluntary, it is illegal. Stopping men’s violence against women is a priority issue for my Government,” says Åsa Lindhagen.
A Feminist Government
The Swedish Government is a feminist government that places gender equality between women and men at the heart of both national and international work.
A feminist policy means that gender equality is crucial for government priorities – in choosing direction and allocating resources. A feminist government ensures that decisions contribute to gender equality, and that gender equality permeates all government policy. Gender equality is not merely a policy area, but rather a mindset that should influence all policy.
The Government’s most important tool in implementing a feminist policy is gender mainstreaming, of which gender-responsive budgeting is an important component.