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).

Rights

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.

Representation

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.

Resources

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

Photo: UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

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