The Swedish Embassy in Hanoi, in cooperation with Save the Children Vietnam and the University for Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, have produced a Vietnamese version of the Save the Children Sweden handbook ‘Respect! My body!’

How can technology prevent violence? Solving this puzzle lay at the heart of Diplohack: the first socially-oriented ‘hackathon’ ever held in Honduras. After 36 hours of tireless work, some outstanding ideas saw the light of day.

In August 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Mexico, in cooperation with MICGénero – an annual film festival that focuses on gender issues – invited Silvana Imam, one of Sweden’s strongest voices, for concerts and meetings with the local female hip hop scene, music journalists and academics. Despite her position as an outsider, Silvana Imam has won awards such as Artist of the Year, Homo of the Year, Best Live Act of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has decided to fund a pilot study aimed at strengthening awareness of the link between online hate campaigns against journalists and organised disinformation, writes Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström.

In autumn 2016, the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo and UN Women co-hosted a conference on the ‘Involvement of Men and Boys in Ending Gender-Based Violence’. The conference was part of a Sida-financed UN Women programme, whose purpose is to strengthen compliance with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) and improve cross-sectoral cooperation at local level.

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.

Women’s participation in the Colombian peace process was the result of the extraordinary engagement of women’s organisations. This contributed directly to the final peace agreement reached in 2016 and sets an example for other peace negotiations held around the world.

Wikipedia is the world’s most used online encyclopaedia. But of all the millions of articles, four times more are about men than women. And just nine per cent of the contributors are women. Swedish embassies are now doing their bit to change this.

Abandon the clan-driven political system and invest in jobs – these were two of many topics raised when Somali women from civil society, parliament and the police service gathered in Mogadishu to discuss women’s role in conflict resolution. Somalia’s new Prime Minister also visited the meeting and highlighted the important role women have played, and are playing, in building a peaceful society.