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!’

Meat the Global Swedes: Adina Khamitova from Kazakhstan is one of the students presented with the Global Swede award.

“We did not get the opportunity to really air our concerns… And even when we did, we were only given five minutes to talk about gender issues.”

The ocean is in a critical condition. Overfishing, litter and acidification threaten both the ocean and human life. Human activity is responsible for this state of affairs; it must also be human activity that turns this around.

By 2020, more than half of the world’s economic growth is expected to take place in Asia. This means it will be increasingly important for Swedish exports to move beyond Europe and reach new distant markets. The Swedish Government’s focus on Indonesia will therefore concentrate on these new business opportunities.

More women – more peace. Studies show that the full and equal participation of women in peacebuilding processes contributes to better and more sustainable peace and security in society. On 12-14 December,  Sweden invited women activists from all provinces in Afghanistan to participate in a training on dialogue and mediation skills in peace processes.

Wikipedia is the world’s most used online encyclopaedia. Among the millions of articles there are four times as many articles about men as there are about women. Behind the scenes the figures are even worse: only nine per cent of editors are women and one per cent are transgender people; the rest are men. Moreover, the majority of those who edit articles are well-educated people from countries in the west.
But this can be changed. Sweden’s Embassy in New Delhi decided to help out.

“Freedom of expression is our greatest step forward,” said Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in Afghanistan, in her address as the Embassy in Kabul hosted a conference for the third year in a row on journalist safety, transparency and freedom of expression.

In March and April, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Palestine and Bangladesh will publish current gender statistics. This is the result of a Swedish development aid venture, in which Statistics Sweden has trained and provided support to statisticians and users of statistics during one year.

The Myanmar Digital Rights Forum took place in Yangon on 14-15 December. The event was the first of its kind in a country that until recently for decades was more or less closed off from the rest of the world.