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Gender equality - long-term progress

Gender equality is a matter of human rights, of democracy and of justice. The Government’s overall policy will redistribute power and resources for a more gender-equal society; the aim is for women and men to have the same power to shape society and their own lives.

Responsible ministers
Märta Stenevi
Responsible ministries
Ministry of Employment
  • Gender equality is central to the Government’s priorities

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    Gender equality has been recognised as a separate policy area in Sweden since the early 70s, and the progress made towards gender equality started even before that. Since then Sweden has shown clear results in terms of high levels of employment and growth. These developments did not happen by themselves. They have come about as a result of political dialogue, together with hard work from a strong civil society and the women’s movement. Despite a number of important achievements made towards gender equality, challenges remain and there is still work to do for the feminist government.

Three important welfare reforms to promote gender equality in Sweden

Some of the most important reforms for promoting gender equality in Sweden were imposed in the 1970s, such as the individual income taxation, the development and expansion of public childcare and the gender-neutral parental leave benefit.

The Government’s work on gender-responsive budgeting

The Government’s budget must be designed so that it contributes to gender equality. The Government Offices therefore continuously works with gender-responsive budgeting, which also affects efforts to implement the January Agreement.

Gender mainstreaming in government agencies

The Government’s development programme for gender mainstreaming in government agencies (GMGA) aims to strengthen these agencies’ gender mainstreaming to ensure that their activities contribute even more effectively to the achievement of the national gender equality policy objectives.