After decades of civil war, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was established in 2013. Among its mandated functions is to support the Federal Government of Somalia in the areas of peace- and state-building.

When Alva Myrdal was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982, she had been fighting a tough battle for decades as one of the strongest advocates of disarmament. For many years, she led the Swedish delegation in the disarmament negotiations in Geneva and was the first woman to reach leading positions in the United Nations.

So Alva Myrdal could well be seen as an early incarnation of the feminist foreign policy that Sweden pursues today.

När regeringen idag välkomnar FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon till Stockholm så gör vi det med ett FN-engagemang som är brett förankrat i det svenska samhället, en klar bild av organisationens styrkor och svagheter, och en tydlig syn på vad vi vill åstadkomma.

#MoreWomenMorePeace. This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Emma Nilenfors, 1325-coordinator at the Swedish MFA highlighs something we’ve known for some time but is still not a reality: when women are included in peace processes, it contributes to a peace agreement being signed and peace being more sustainable.

Increasing women’s participation in, and impact on, decision-making at all levels can help prevent large-scale violence. More gender-equal societies are less conflict-prone and score better on development indicators. As the world is celebrating the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, Dr Jannie Lilja at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the UN in Geneva writes about the Swedish feminist foreign policy in practice.

Women’s organisations in the Great Lakes region are calling for change. Women have systematically been neglected and denied access to peace negotiations, security conferences, reform programmes, and high level panels where their own future is being discussed. This needs to change.