Uncontrolled proliferation of weapons is a threat to women's rights and security

For every woman's safety, rights and well-being, in Sweden and the world, it is important to prevent access to illegal small and light weapons. This is what Karin Olofsson, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Light Weapons Issues, and Malin Nilsson, Secretary General of the International Women's Union for Peace and Freedom, write in a debate article.

Today, on International Day Against Violence Against Women, we pay attention to the importance of gender equality in achieving lasting peace. Over a billion small and light weapons circulate around the world. The presence of firearms is clearly increasing levels of violence against women - both inside and outside armed conflicts. We demand more measures to prevent the uncontrolled spread of weapons in order to increase women's security and enable women to participate in society. It is written by Malin Nilsson, Secretary General of the International Women's Union for Peace and Freedom, and Karin Olofsson, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Light Weapons Issues.

November 25, 2021, Debate

Do not look away from Sudan!

In late October, Sudan's prime minister and other leading politicians were placed under house arrest following a military coup. The coup led to widespread protests in the country, which in turn have caused several deaths and hundreds of injured people. Photo: Kada Kole. Source: Flickr.

Of: Robin Vikström

What many observers feared eventually came true. Two years into the democratic transition period, the military took matters into its own hands, and now endangers the entire country - and the future of 40 million Sudanese.

November 12, 2021, Debate

The XNUMX% target is an obstacle to effective development assistance

Of: Helena Antoni

The XNUMX% target leads to more efficient ways of conducting assistance, such as issuing guarantees, being prioritized because they generate few payments and therefore do not contribute to meeting the target. Sida should instead upgrade the guarantee instrument for effective assistance.
- It is becoming increasingly clear that the one percent goal is a black on the foot for effective development assistance activities, says Helena Antoni, responsible for development aid and development issues within the Moderates.

June 23, 2021, Debate

The president in a backward-facing cap evokes memories of the past

The young and popular President Nayib Bukele often wears a cap. Photo: CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Hanne Karlsson

Since 2019, El Salvador has a new government, but the too-casual and trendy president has begun to show increasingly dictatorial sides. Several of the country's judges were recently dismissed and it undeniably looks like El Salvador is approaching an increasingly authoritarian government, something that Sweden should question, says Hanne Karlsson who is a student at the University of Gothenburg.

May 19, 2021, Debate

"It is not possible to control a population through military occupation forever"

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and seeking protection is almost impossible. Gaza children are now experiencing the fourth war of aggression since 2008.

Of: Helena Lindholm

The ongoing military violence in Palestine and Israel shows that it is not possible to control a population through military occupation forever. This is not a conflict between two equal parties where both have equal responsibility. Continued apartheid policies and occupation mean an ongoing low-intensity violence, which will be punctured by more intensely violent episodes at regular intervals. That is the opinion of Helena Lindholm, who is a professor of peace and development research at the University of Gothenburg.

May 16, 2021, Debate

International solidarity, a concept in rocking

Development cooperation must focus more on global justice and lead to human security and disarmament and reduce gaps between North and South, according to the Foreign Affairs Committee for the Feminist Initiative.

Of: Jaime Gomez, Jaime Gomez et al., Maria Persson, Mats Ekenger and Saga Tullgren

For the first time in over two decades, there are now alarming reports of growing gaps in the world. The one percent target should therefore, contrary to where the Moderates believe, remain. Development cooperation must focus more on global justice and lead to human security and disarmament and reduce gaps between North and South, according to the Foreign Affairs Committee for the Feminist Initiative.

May 5, 2021, Debate

Afghanistan's conflict can only be resolved at the negotiating table

Photo: Canva

Of: Andreas Stefansson

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that US troops will leave Afghanistan this fall. This marks the end of the United States' longest war in 20 years. But for Afghanistan, the war, which has already claimed tens of thousands of civilian lives, is not over. Now it is more important than ever that a political solution is reached in the conflict, says Andreas Stefansson, Secretary General of the aid organization Swedish Afghanistan Committee.

April 16, 2021, Debate

A fair climate change requires food sovereignty

Of: Fanny Skarborg Butler and Linn Rabe

World food consumption today accounts for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and Sweden must switch to agriculture, but the opposite is happening at EU level. We need a policy that supports a sustainable and fair conversion of the agricultural system for food sovereignty, write Fanny Skarborg Butler and Linn Rabe from Framtidsjorden.

April 6, 2021, Debate

Concluding remarks: Wastefulness does not lift anyone out of poverty

Of: Andreas Celan and John Manders

In a reply to my article (FUF 26/2) about the many shortcomings of development assistance, SSU's chairman Pavlos Cavelier Bizas writes that Swedish development assistance is needed more than ever and that the 1% target must be defended. A goal that is almost to be regarded as a holy cow in Swedish political debate. Leaving this principle that the development assistance budget should be designed as a predetermined share of the state budget unchallenged is at best wasteful and at worst directly counterproductive to achieving the goals the development assistance is intended to meet, say Andreas Celan and John Manders from the Moderate Youth Association.

March 23, 2021, Debate