Feminist foreign policy
Equality between women and men is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both an obligation within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for reaching Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals on peace, and security and sustainable development.
Feminist foreign policy
Handbook on feminist foreign policy launched
Sweden is the first country in the world to formulate and pursue a feminist foreign policy, and this handbook is the first of its kind. The handbook includes methods and experiences, and is intended as a resource in international work for gender equality and all women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights.
Sweden hosted Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality
The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality on 15–17 April brought together over 500 participants from more than 100 countries, from grassroots to ministerial level. They included politicians and representatives of academia, business and civil society. The purpose of the Forum was to advance work on global gender equality through alliance-building and exchange of methods and results.
The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2019
"An important part of our democracy drive is to continue our efforts to ensure that women enjoy the same rights, resources and representation as men. The Government will continue to pursue a feminist foreign policy – wholeheartedly, throughout the world."
Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015–2018, including indicative measures for 2018
This action plan sets the direction of feminist foreign policy action to be taken by the Foreign Service, guided by six long-term objectives. These are broad objectives to match broad challenges, cover the entire global agenda and bring the whole gamut of foreign policy tools into play.
Women’s participation helps ensure that peace is more sustainable
Fifteen years ago, 31 October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. But far too often, women are still excluded, which poses a threat to peace and security and sustainable development in several parts of the world. Sweden is therefore working actively to promote the agenda for women, peace and security.
SEK 1 billion to Government’s first global gender equality strategy
Funds totalling SEK 1 billion will be used to enhance gender equality for women and girls around the world. This was decided by the Government at its meeting on 12 April. It is the first time that Sweden’s Government has adopted a global thematic strategy for gender equality.
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.
Sweden is mustering its forces to increase gender equality on the internet through #WikiGap
WikiGap is an initiative to increase women’s representation on the internet. A gender-equal internet contributes to a gender-equal world.
Swedish Foreign Policy News
News about gender equality at Swedish Foreign Policy News.
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Speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs ahead of United Nations Day
Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at Stockholm Concert Hall, 21 October 2016. Check against delivery.Speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs ahead of United Nations Day
We in Sweden are not alone in our frustration at violations in the Middle East
Opinion piece in SvD 16 October 2016 by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs. The images of human suffering in Syria are heart-rending. Hospitals are bombed, and small children are dug out of the ruins. Humanitarian assistance is not getting through. It is unbearable to behold. The UN Secretary-General has likened Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, to a slaughterhouse and the bombs continue to fall.We in Sweden are not alone in our frustration at violations in the Middle East
Speech by Isabella Lövin at donor conference for Afghanistan
Speech by Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and Minister of International Development Cooperation and Climate at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan 4-5 October 2016. Check against delivery.Speech by Isabella Lövin at donor conference for Afghanistan
Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the result of the referendum in ColombiaStatement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the result of the referendum in Colombia
Strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Colombia 2016-2020
Within the framework of this strategy, Swedish development cooperation with Colombia will contribute to peacebuilding and state building, as well as sustainable development.Strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with Colombia 2016-2020
Speech by Isabella Lövin at UN High-Level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants
UN High-Level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, 19 September 2016, New York. Round table – addressing the root causes of large movements of migrants Check against delivery.Speech by Isabella Lövin at UN High-Level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants
Sweden to participate in the launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
On Tuesday 12 July, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér will represent Sweden at the launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children at the UN Headquarters in New York. This partnership for global collaboration is part of the 2030 Agenda, and Sweden has a prominent role to play as one of the pathfinders in this work.Sweden to participate in the launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
This is how Sweden will make a difference in the Security Council
Opinion piece by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström in Dagens Nyheter 28 June 2016. "Sweden has been elected. The seat on the UN Security Council is a great victory for Swedish foreign policy and Swedish diplomacy. We are convinced that as a small and open country dependent on the rest of the world, it is in our interest to contribute to and defend the international order that has at its core the United Nations and the Security Council,” writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Social Democratic Party)."This is how Sweden will make a difference in the Security Council
To End Sexual Violence In Conflict, Women Must Be Agents of Change
For the past year I have visited conflict zones from Afghanistan to Somalia, Lebanon, Liberia and South Sudan. In each of these countries it has been the human stories that stick with me, both those related to sexual- and gender-based violence and those of courageous women and men committed to promoting peace and development.To End Sexual Violence In Conflict, Women Must Be Agents of Change