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.

Swedish ministers, the former US Ambassador and representatives of organisations promoting gender equality and refugee integration met in Stockholm in October 2016 to discuss the role of refugee women in their host country.

A hundred young Swedish and Kenyan feminists met earlier this year at the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi for discussions on topics ranging from dreams to gender roles.

The links between women, peace and security are unarguably especially important in a country like Jordan. Jordan is one of the major contributors of personnel to United Nations peacekeeping missions, with more than one thousand military and police personnel in nine missions worldwide. It is also a country deeply affected by the Syria crisis in economic, social and security terms. It hosts more than 600 000 Syrian refugees and a large number of refugees from other regional conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Yemen

The concept of work-life balance is gaining increasing attention in Spain. Work-life balance has a direct impact on the achievement of Global Goal 5 on gender equality and its targets on shared responsibility within the household and family, and on equal opportunities for full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership in political, economic and public life.

The Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa recently organised a Nordic film festival for the second year in a row. The theme this year was was ‘youth empowerment’, while last year it was ‘women’s empowerment’.

It is estimated that global GDP could increase by around 25 per cent if women participated in the global economy at the same rates as men. Gender budgeting is therefore not only the right thing to do; it’s an economically smart thing to do. This was the topic of a discussion attended by Sweden’s Minister for Finance and Minister for Gender Equality, and representatives of CSOs and the World Bank