Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation
"We can never accept a situation where people do not have power over their own lives. The Government is working to increase gender equality at all levels, to strengthen children’s rights, to combat violence in close relations and honour-related violence and oppression. We are clear in our support for the equal value of all people."
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Focus on human rights for LGBTI persons
The virtual Global Pride festival took place on 27 June. Artists, politicians and activists from around the world took part in the 26-hour livestream event. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen both contributed to the Global Pride programme via pre-recorded video greetings. The OECD has also released a report on how LGBTI people are included in the legislative frameworks in its member countries.
Measures to address increased vulnerability due to the coronavirus
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the spread of the COVID-19 disease have resulted in a global crisis affecting human life and health. At the same time, the socio-economic consequences and financial impacts on many families are contributing to increased stress and anxiety. Crisis and disaster research shows that the crisis is affecting the population unequally. Those with the least resources and in the most disadvantaged circumstances are generally those who suffer the greatest strain.
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Questions and answers about incorporating UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law
On 1st of January 2020 The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Act (2018:1197) entered into force.
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.
Gender equality policy in Sweden
Sweden has the world's first feminist government. In practice, this means a commitment to building a society in which women and men, girls and boys can live their lives to their full potential. Gender equality is a matter of human rights, of democracy and of justice. It is also an engine driving social development and creating genuine change in society and in people's lives.
National report on human rights in Sweden submitted to the UN
As part of the third cycle of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR), Sweden has on 14 October submitted a national report to the UN regarding the following up of the recommendations made to Sweden at the most recent review in January 2015.
Sweden’s national UPR report submitted to UN
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council that involves a periodic review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States. It is now time for Sweden to be reviewed within the framework of the third cycle of the UPR.
Visit by EU representatives for exchange of experiences regarding violence prevention work
On 16 and 17 September the Ministry of Employment and the European Commission hosted a seminar on violence prevention with a focus on men, boys and masculine norms. Representatives from 15 EU countries took part. Participants visited Botkyrka municipality, where they received information on the joint efforts by social services, police and schools to prevent violence.
Major investment for increased gender equality and reduced violence and oppression
The Government has previously planned SEK 290 million for the implementation of gender equality policy in 2020, of which the majority will go to measures to prevent and combat men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression. The Government is now proposing an extra SEK 155 million. The investment is part of an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
Historic investment to combat racism and strengthen equal rights for LGBTI people
The Government is making several investments to combat racism and strengthen the rights of LGBTI people. The Government is strengthening the national plan to combat racism and hate crime with SEK 10 million per year from 2020. At the same time, the work to strengthen the rights of LGBTI people will receive SEK 14 million per year from 2020, and temporary additional funds of SEK 10 million per year are planned for 2021 and 2022. It is the biggest ever investment in the area by any government.
All people must have control over their own lives
Listen to Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation, talk about what changes she wants to see and which issue she will be addressing first.
Speech by Åsa Lindhagen at the UN Commission on the Status of Women
New York, March 12, 2019. Check against delivery.