Feminist foreign policy

Sweden is the first country to pursue a feminist foreign policy

Throughout the world, women are neglected in terms of resources, representation and rights. This is the simple reason why we are pursuing a feminist foreign policy – with full force, around the world. (The Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy 2018)

Feminist foreign policy is an agenda for change. By achieving a more gender-equal world, we also contribute to peace, security and sustainable development.

Sweden is the first country in the world to pursue a feminist foreign policy. The aim is to contribute to gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights by all women and girls.

This work takes place with a focus on the three Rs – rights, representation and resources, which are anchored in the fourth R, reality.

The policy was launched in October 2014 and a follow-up by the Swedish Foreign Service has revealed an intensive implementation process that has made its mark at multilateral, regional and bilateral level.