Gender equality

Gender equality is equality between women and men, who should have the same opportunities to shape society and their own lives.This area includes issues such as power, influence, finances, education, work and physical integrity.

Responsible for gender equality

Responsible minister

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

Responsible ministry

News about gender equality

  • Minister for Gender Equality to highlight Consent Act at summit on girls’ and women’s rights

    • The minister of Gender Equality speak at

      "Gender equality is a fundamental matter of human rights, democracy and social justice. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives", says Åsa Lindhagen from the swedish statement in the General Assembly.

      Photo: Nicole Goufas/Government Offices of Sweden

    • Ministers of Gender Equality around a table.

      Åsa Lindhagen and the Nordic ministers, also responsible for gender equality, signing a declaration for Agenda 2030, handed to UN Women director Phumzile Mlambo.

      Photo: Pontus Hook

    • Picture of Åsa Lindhagen

      "Sweden`s feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making at all levels, nationally and internationally,” says Åsa Lindhagen.

      Photo: Kristian Pohl/ Government Offices of Sweden

    • Six women ane standing beside each other.

      –"It is important at these times, when forces are pushing to roll back the land-winnings on gender equality, that we can act together with joint forces to continue advancing in this field", says Åsa Lindhagen. Here together with Nordic ministers for Gender Equality.

      Photo:Pontus Höök

    Åsa Lindhagen will be heading the Swedish delegation at the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York on 11–22 March. This year’s theme – social protection systems – is intended to highlight global challenges for gender equality.

  • Review of Sweden’s action to combat violence against women and domestic violence

    The Council of Europe has published its first review of how Sweden is fulfilling its commitments under the organisation’s convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention). The Convention, to which Sweden acceded in 2014, is the most comprehensive and detailed instrument for human rights in this area.

  • Handbook for Sweden's feminist foreign policy

    Margot Wallström
    Margot Wallström is launching a handbook for Sweden's feminist foreign policy. Regeringskansliet/Ninni Andersson

    The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is launching a handbook for Sweden's feminist foreign policy. This handbook should be a resource for international work relating to gender equality and all women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights. It contains a selection of methods and experiences that can provide examples and inspiration for further work of the Swedish Foreign Service, other parts of the civil service and society as a whole. The handbook also describes the first four years of working with a feminist foreign policy. Thereby, it responds to the considerable national and international interest in this policy.

  • The Governments sub-targets for gender equality

    • Sub-target 1: Equal division of power and influence

      Illustration: Annika Carlsson

    • Sub-target 2: Financial gender equality

      Illustration: Annika Carlsson

    • Sub-target 3: Gender-equitable education

      Illustration: Annika Carlsson

    • Sub-target 4: An even division of unpaid housework and care work

      Illustration: Annika Carlsson

    • Sub-target 5: Gender-equal health

      Illustration: Annika Carlsson

    • Sub-target 6: Men’s violence against women must end

      Illustration: Annika Carlsson

    The Governments overarching goal of the gender equality policy is that women and men are to have the same power to shape society and their own lives. Starting from this objective, the Government is working towards six sub-goals.

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