Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström has been awarded a prize by the UN body UN Women in New York. She received the Agent of Change Award for her commitment to gender equality and her work to strengthen women’s rights.

The citation included the following: “Your leadership role in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through a feminist foreign policy lens is a source of inspiration for women globally.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, tweeted: “Congratulations! Your #feministforeignpolicy is trailblazing.”

The citation in full: As an accomplished politician, with extensive experience in the Swedish parliament, the Swedish government and the European Commission you serve as a model for women around the world. Your leadership role in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through a feminist foreign policy lens is a source of inspiration for women globally. By highlighting the linkage between women, peace and security, you have ensured that the international community takes into account the important role women can play in peace building and conflict prevention. We thank you for truly breaking many ceilings for women around the world.

Sweden’s feminist foreign policy was launched in October 2014 and constitutes the basis of our foreign policy. The work is focused on six broad objectives:

  1. Human rights
  2. Freedom from violence
  3. Participation in peace efforts
  4. Political participation
  5. Economic empowerment
  6. Sexual and reproductive health and rights

 

Read more about Sweden’s feminist foreign policy

Read articles on various aspects of the work on feminist foreign policy by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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