The Swedish Government.
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A Feminist Government

Sweden has the first feminist government in the world. This means that gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities – in decision-making and resource allocation. A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. Gender equality is also part of the solution to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development. The Government’s most important tool for implementing feminist policy is gender mainstreaming, of which gender-responsive budgeting is an important component.

  • International conference in Stockholm on men and gender equality

    On 15–16 May, Sweden and Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Lena Hallengren hosted the 4th International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities (ICMEO) in Stockholm. Among the 300 participants were several European gender equality ministers, researchers and representatives of government agencies and civil society. The role and responsibility of men and boys in gender equality efforts was in focus, as well as how we change social norms that have negative effects.

Feminist government policy – a good investment for Sweden and the world

  • Gender equality part of the solution to challenges in society

    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices

    “The world’s first feminist government is now implementing a policy to increase gender equality”, the Prime Minister established in the Statement of Government Policy.

Feminist policy

  1. 1 Sweden hosted Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality
  2. 2 Nordic gender equality ministers acted jointly at CSW62 in New York
  3. 3 Lena Hallengren new Minister for Gender Equality
  4. 4 The new Swedish Gender Equality Agency inaugurated in Gothenburg
  5. 5 The Government takes action against sexual violence and harassment
  6. 6 Ministerial conference on how gender equality can contribute to fair jobs and growth
  7. 7 Consent – the basic requirement of new sexual offence legislation
  8. 8 Sweden best in the EU on gender equality
  9. 9 Sweden's feminist foreign policy – examples from three years of implementation
  10. 10 Swedish Government presents feminist policy for a gender-equal future
  11. 11 Gender equality policy in Sweden
  12. 12 Swedish Government to establish gender equality agency
  13. 13 Gender-responsive budgeting
  14. 14 Swedish ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings
  15. 15 A review of parental insurance
  16. 16 Women’s participation helps ensure that peace is more sustainable

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