Representatives of some 50 nations gathered in Brussels at the beginning of March to build a global financial and political partnership for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls. The She Decides conference reverberated across the world and was able to raise a total of EUR 181 million to support organisations working on SRHR.

Combating violence against women, reforming discriminatory legislation and highlighting the particular vulnerability of women and girls in migration flows. These are some examples of areas in which Sweden is taking measures to strengthen women’s rights.

At the 48th session of the Commission on Population and Development, Swedish State Secretary Ulrika Modéer made a statement in which she highlighted the importance of placing human rights and gender equality at the heart of sustainable development

Environmental and rights issues are high on the agenda for Sweden’s work on the new global development goals. It is important that these priorities also permeate World Bank priorities.

Over the past few years there have been changes. Openness, freedom of expression and media as well as release of political prisoners in Myanmar. However, several issues during the past year have made many question the reforms. Are they genuine and long term? Will they be sustained?