Gender equality is a prerequisite for peace, security and development
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).
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.
- Gender equality efforts must be integrated into the daily work
- Women associated with armed groups are doubly stigmatized
- The gender adviser is a key player for organizational development
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.
- Long way to go until women are fully involved in peacebuilding
- Women’s low participation in decision-making one of the main gender equality challenges
The Swedish Foreign Service promotes a gender equal allocation of resources, with special measures aimed at the inclusion of special target groups.
- Leadership is vital to success
- West-African standby forces trained in detecting conflict related sexual violence
- Listen to Charlotte Isaksson and Jenny Norman, seconded by FBA, about their work as gender advisers at the EU HQ in Brussels and in a field mission in Africa.
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