The same power to shape society and their own lives – the work of Sweden’s feminist government continues

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All government policy must redistribute power and resources for a more gender-equal society. The goal is to ensure that women and men have the same power to shape society and their own lives.

  • Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen.

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen.

    Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

  • Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

"I am proud to lead the world’s first feminist government. International rankings show that we have come a long way in our gender equality efforts. But we are not finished yet – we will continue our work until women and men have the same power to shape society and their own lives. Today is International Women’s Day. This is an important day that reminds us that we cannot rest on our laurels", says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

"So far during this electoral period we have conducted major initiatives to combat men’s violence against women and honour-based violence and oppression. In 2019, more than SEK 460 million was invested, and for 2020 the Government has so far taken decisions on investments amounting to over SEK 300 million in this area. We also recently appointed a commission on gender-equal lifetime earnings. But at the same time, much remains to be done before we have achieved gender equality. Women generally have lower wages than men, take more sick leave and take greater responsibility for unpaid household and care work. Far too many are also subjected to violence by men with whom they have close relationships. This is why we must continue to move gender equality work forward", says Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen.