Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. We have to start treating it that way. That means working both nationally and internationally at all levels, and tackling all root causes, symptoms and forms of the plague. This is a priority for Sweden’s feminist government and feminist foreign policy.

The Swedish embassy in Pakistan help ensure that violence against women is given higher priority, that authorities respond to the violence and that women gain access to justice? This is done through the project Seven on Tour – a documentary play about seven women activists from seven countries. All this in Pakistan, which ranks in international surveys as one of the most dangerous countries for women to live in.

More than 50 students pulled an all-nighter in Honduras earlier this year to think up technical solutions to gender-based violence in the country’s first ever ‘diplohack’.The event, held in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, was a collaboration between the Swedish and Dutch embassies in Central America, UNESCO, Plan Honduras and the National Autonomous University of Honduras.

Globalisation, digital transformation and rapid technological developments have paved the way for amazing progress around the world. But some people risk being left behind. The Global Deal aims to remedy this situation by strengthening dialogue and cooperation. One early adopter of the Global Deal was Tunisia, a country where social dialogue has been hugely successful.

There is an important story about women, peace and security that needs to be told.
We are putting the spotlight on women who have paved the way – the bold and the brave – and we know there are and can be many more of them.
We are pushing for #MoreWomenMorePeace.

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!’

In Zambia, young women are most at risk of contracting HIV, and many girls get pregnant before the age of 18. Health clinics in the country have therefore begun training young volunteers to provide sex and health information to their peers.

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.