Sexual and gender-based violence is used as a tactic of terrorism by a range of today’s violent extremist groups. This makes it essential to address violence against women and girls as an integrated part in countering and preventing violent extremism. This is key to Sweden’s feminist foreign policy.

När avråder UD från resor?

Under året har Europa drabbats av nya terroristattentat, senast på en julmarknad i Berlin. Många svenskar upplever en oro och osäkerhet när de ska ut och resa. En fråga som ofta kommer upp är den om UD:s arbete med reseinformation och när och hur UD egentligen avråder från resor. Och kan UD avråda från resor på grund av risker för till exempel terrorismattentat redan innan något skett? Jon Åström Gröndahl, chef för UD:s konsulära enhet, förklarar hur UD förhåller sig till detta.

Here, Björn Andersson describes his many years of working for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and women’s rights. He is head of the UNFPA’s operations in Asia and the Pacific.

It took the Iraqi army three years to break Daesh/ISIL’s territorial hold of Iraq, which at one point amounted to a third of the country. The war against Daesh/ISIL resulted in large-scale destruction and humanitarian needs on a massive scale. At its peak, over 5 million Iraqis fled their homes and just under half are still waiting to go back.
Many of the major cities formerly held by Daesh/ISIL were completely destroyed as a result of the conflict. One example is Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, renowned for its rich cultural and historical heritage. Following the liberation of the city in July 2017, the focus is now on rebuilding basic infrastructure so that internally displaced persons can go back to their homes and resume some form of normality. However, the challenges of doing so are turning out to be a lot greater than anyone had expected. The Embassy visited Mosul to observe the work of the UN in the area and to see the challenges of stabilisation in the aftermath of war.

Clean water is a human right, and yet more than 700 million people still live without access to clean water and 2.5 billion without adequate sanitation.