Gender-based violence has enormous consequences, for victims, relatives and friends, and the whole of society. Sweden’s work against gender-based violence is conducted at many levels and with a range of different tools, both nationally and internationally.

The Government’s new gender equality policy strategy shifts the perspective in efforts to combat men’s violence against women from the consequences of such violence to its causes.

How can migrant women lead in their communities and contribute to their new societies? This was the central theme when representatives from business, the NGO community and government gathered at the Swedish Institute to take part in a round-table discussion.

It is not easy to identify short cuts to gender equality. While every country needs to find its own way, leadership is critical. This includes not least the role of male leaders. The formation of networks of like-minded can be very helpful. Ambassador Veronika Bard shares insights from Geneva on how civil services can advance gender equality.

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.

The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), a Swedish government agency, has been given the assignment to create a network of female mediators. It serves as a part of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy and Sweden’s commitment to the implementation of UN SCR 1325 (2000). The network will be international with a Swedish core.

It is a well-known fact: empowering women requires transforming the gender roles of both men and women, because ultimately it is about changing entrenched power relations and social structures, writes Annika Molin Hellgren, the Swedish Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and the Coordinator of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy on International Women’s Day