Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for issues concerning the welfare of society. This is about promoting people’s health, but also making sure that sick people get the treatment that they need. It includes insurance to provide financial security for those who are sick or elderly, or have young children. Providing care for people with social difficulties, the disabled and the elderly is also included. The Ministry’s work also includes sport issues, rights of the child, rights for people with disabilities and gender equality.
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Ministers at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Today, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Statement of Government Policy in the Riksdag and announced the ministers that make up the Government. Lena Hallengren is the Minister for Health and Social Affairs and head of ministry. Annika Stranhäll is the Minister for Social Security.
Proposals aiming to offer EU citizens continued entitlement to social security benefits after Brexit
In the social security area, the immediate effect of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is that central EU legal provisions will no longer apply. To prevent any acute consequences, the Government is planning to take measures that will primarily mitigate the effects that may arise for individuals during the initial period after the withdrawal. The proposals aim to allow a period of adjustment.
Dementia strategy focusing on care
On 24 May, the Government adopted a national strategy for dementia care. The Government wants to secure improved quality of care and increased safety and security for people with dementia and their families.
Next step to incorporate Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law
The Swedish Government has decided to submit a proposal in July 2017 to the Council on Legislation to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into Swedish law. The Government considers that the CRC’s strong position must be made clearer and that a child rights-based approach must have a major impact on how the law is applied. Preparation of the proposal is now under way.
The Working Group on Pensions takes a holistic approach on gender-unequal pensions. Within the framework of the ongoing review of pensions, a project – ‘Gender-equal pensions’ – was carried out, aimed at tackling the challenge presented by the large differences in women’s and men’s pensions.
A Feminist Government
Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. There is a focus on gender equality, both in national and international work. Women and men must have equal power to shape society and their own lives. Ultimately it is a question of human rights, democracy and justice. Gender equality is also a part of the solution to the challenges facing society. Gender equality is a matter of course in a modern welfare society – for social justice and economic development.
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Press invitation: International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities
Media representatives are invited to the International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities (ICMEO) in Stockholm, Sweden, on 15–16 May.Press invitation: International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities
Questions and answers about incorporating UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish lawQuestions and answers about incorporating UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law
Fact sheet: Action plan to combat prostitution and trafficking in human beings
The action plan to combat prostitution and trafficking in human beings can be seen as part of broader efforts to prevent and combat men’s violence against women.Fact sheet: Action plan to combat prostitution and trafficking in human beings
Nordic gender equality ministers acted jointly at the UN Commission on the Status of Women session
On 12–24 March, the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s theme was ‘Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls’. The Swedish Government was represented by Pernilla Baralt, former Sweden’s State Secretary for Gender Equality and Deputy Chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality. With three Nordic gender equality ministers, Ms Baralt co-hosted a Nordic ministerial panel on the bodily integrity of women and women’s sexual and reproductive rights. Sweden and France also hosted a side event on women’s representation in politics.Nordic gender equality ministers acted jointly at the UN Commission on the Status of Women session
Speech by State Secretary Pernilla Baralt at Commission on the Status of Women 2018
The General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, 14 mars 2018 Check against delivery.Speech by State Secretary Pernilla Baralt at Commission on the Status of Women 2018
Lena Hallengren new Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality
Lena Hallengren was today appointed as new Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.Lena Hallengren new Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality
Åsa Regnér appointed as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
UN Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Åsa Regnér as Deputy Executive Director of UN Women with responsibility for intergovernmental relations and strategic partnerships, as well as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.Åsa Regnér appointed as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
New solutions in focus at the End Violence Against Children Solutions Summit
As one of the currently 15 pathfinding countries, Sweden, was the first to host the 2030 Agenda for Children: End Violence Against Children Solutions Summit in cooperation with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the WePROTECT Global Alliance on 14-15 February. During the Summit, both Japan and The United Arab Emirates made a commitment to become pathfinding countries, with Brazil expressing interest too. In addition, Japan announced that the country donated 6 million US Dollars to the Fund to End Violence Against Children.New solutions in focus at the End Violence Against Children Solutions Summit
Follow the conference End Violence against Children Solutions Summit 2018
The Government of Sweden, in collaboration with the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, is hosting Agenda 2030 for Children, the End Violence Solutions Summit, the first high-level conference to address solutions for ending violence against children and adolescents. Follow the conference on Youtube.Follow the conference End Violence against Children Solutions Summit 2018
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to open an international high-level conference on violence against children
The Swedish Government is hosting the high-level conference Agenda 2030 for Children, End Violence Solutions Summit in Stockholm on 14–15 February 2018. The participants include Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, HM Queen Silvia and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed. The co-organisers of the conference are the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and WePROTECT Global Alliance.Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to open an international high-level conference on violence against children