Åsa Lindhagen

Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation

Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation

Ministry of Employment

"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."

News from Åsa Lindhagen

  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child becomes Swedish law

    Today Sweden takes a historic next step by incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law. It is a step to further protect the rights of the child and ensure that children are provided with the conditions necessary for their development. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which makes clear that a child under the age of 18 has specific rights, is one of the most important tools for ensuring that children’s rights are met. The Convention states, for example, that children have the right to protection from violence, the right to education and the right to benefit from social security. It also states that children have the right to freely express their views in all matters affecting them and to be listened to – a right that is essential both for the individual child and for creating a better society for all children. A core principle of the Convention is that in all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration.

  • Åsa Lindhagen hosted EU ministerial meeting on gender equality in Stockholm

    • Dr Franziska Giffey (left), Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany, and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen, Sweden

      Dr Franziska Giffey (left), Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany, and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen, Sweden.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices

    • Ms Lena Mirow (left), Coordinator, STHLM Initiative, Government Offices of Sweden, and Ms Soledad Murillo (right), Secretary of State for Equality at the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Equality, Spain

      Ms Lena Mirow (left), Coordinator, STHLM Initiative, Government Offices of Sweden, and Ms Soledad Murillo (right), Secretary of State for Equality at the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Equality, Spain.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Ms Mariana Vieira da Silva, Minister of State and Presidency, Portugal

      Ms Mariana Vieira da Silva, Minister of State and Presidency, Portugal.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Dr Franziska Giffey (left), Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany, Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen, Sweden (centre), and Mr Urban Krajcar, State Secretary for the Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia (right)

      Dr Franziska Giffey (left), Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany, Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen, Sweden (centre), and Mr Urban Krajcar, State Secretary for the Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia (right) .

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    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.

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