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Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

New strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with UN Women


The Government has adopted a new strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the period 2018–2022. Sweden is a major donor to UN Women, which promotes gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment and rights worldwide, at global, regional and national level. Swedish core support to UN Women will amount to SEK 536 million during the four-year strategy period.

"UN Women is a leading global advocate for gender equality. Its work is central to women's and girls' rights worldwide, so it is important that Sweden provides long-term support to the organisation," says Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate. "UN Women has helped a total of 52 countries, with a total population of more than 1.5 billion women and girls, to strengthen their legislation on violence against women and girls, including to combat impunity for gender-related and sexual violence. Furthermore, without UN Women we would not have an action plan for the gender-equal implementation of the Paris Agreement," says Ms Lövin.

During the strategy period, Sweden will primarily work to strengthen UN Women's efforts to develop and implement global norms, policies and standards for gender equality and women's and girls' empowerment, including women's and girls' full enjoyment of their human rights. Sweden will also work to see UN Women strengthen women's economic empowerment and political leadership, participation and influence, and help all women and girls live free from violence. Furthermore, Sweden will work to see the organisation help strengthen the influence and meaningful participation of women and girls in peace processes, and integrate a clear gender perspective into humanitarian operations.

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