Gender equality is a prerequisite for peace, security and development

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. FBA is the government agency tasked with Sweden’s implementation of the agenda for women, peace and security.

Equal opportunities for women and men to shape society and their own lives, is the foundation of the Swedish feminist foreign policy. Gender equality is a goal in itself, and a precondition to achieve peace, security and development.

A gender equality perspective permeates the work of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the agencies under its authority. The perspective can be summarized in three Rs; rights, representation and resources. In addition, the perspective must be based on people’s daily lives and the situation they are in (reality).

Check out our timeline with important milestones to strengthen women's rights and promote gender equality from 1975 and onwards.


The Swedish Foreign Service promotes the full enjoyment of human rights for all women and girls, and aims at mitigating the violence and discrimination that limit girls and women’s scope for action.


The Swedish Foreign Service promotes the inclusion and meaningful participation of women in decision-making processes, and strives for dialogue with women representatives from all parts and levels of society.


The Swedish Foreign Service promotes a gender equal allocation of resources, with special measures aimed at the inclusion of special target groups.

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Swedish Chair wants to strengthen security in the OSCE

This year Sweden leads the work of the OSCE faced by a challenging security situation. Several conflicts are in progress in the region: Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh and the political crisis in Belarus. Sweden protects the European security order and emphasizes that democracy and human rights are the basis for security. FBA offers support to the OSCE and the Swedish chair in order to contribute to solutions to the protracted conflicts in the region.

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Reintegration or Recidivism? Why ex-combatants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) return to arms

The objective of this report is to identify the most prominent factors behind recidivism, or return to armed violence, among female and male ex-combatants in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In doing so, the report aims to provide evidence-based knowledge to inform policy and practice on issues of relevance for DDR processes, both in the DRC and internationally.




Johanna Malm

Johanna is expert on the Democratic Republic of Congo

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