Åsa Lindhagen hosted EU ministerial meeting on gender equality in Stockholm
At the initiative of Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen, an EU ministerial meeting on gender equality – The STHLM Initiative – took place in Stockholm on 3–4 December. Ms Lindhagen invited Finland, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the other EU Member States that will hold the Presidency in the coming years.
The aim of The STHLM Initiative was to help the EU sharpen its tools for sustainable gender mainstreaming, with a focus on economic equality, and to examine how Member States can best lead this work during their presidencies. The meeting discussed a number of key issues for the EU’s future gender equality work, including the upcoming gender equality strategy, gender-equal economies, implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and the work to end men’s violence against women and honour-based violence and oppression.
The meeting was attended by representatives of nine other EU countries and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
“Now that the EU has a new Commission and a new parliament, we have a window of opportunity to put gender equality at the top of the European agenda. It is extremely important that Sweden pushes for greater gender equality throughout the EU,” says Ms Lindhagen.