The Swedish Embassy in Northern Macedonia is showing an exhibition on Swedish feminist foreign policy. Photo: UN Women (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Feminist foreign policy does not only benefit women

Historically, Sweden has been the first in the world in many policy areas. Among other things, by adopting a coherent policy for fair and global development (PGU) in 2003. And not least by being ahead of all other countries with its feminist foreign policy. A policy that turned five in October. 

Sweden's feminist foreign policy rests on three pillars: (1) increased female representation in peace processes and legal systems, (2) more resources for gender equality and women's sexual and reproductive health, and (3) the promotion of women's and girls' rights. 

The term "feminist" is self-evident to many of us, but it is no secret that it has been controversial both at home and in the global arena. However, this policy seems to be inspiring given that Canada, France and Mexico have followed the same path and are now also pursuing a feminist foreign policy.

I am well aware that the world is full of different agendas and interests. Some are skeptical of the title "feminist" as they do not see any similarities between feminism and gender equality. These people often live in the belief that only women benefit from it. Unfortunately, we have to admit that the receptivity of some people is low when it comes to discussions containing the word feminism. 

But the majority of the world's population still wants to live in societies that are safe, have better health and higher economic growth. According to OECD research These three things are examples of natural outcomes in an equal society. Therefore, we who believe in research have an enormous responsibility to shoulder. We must take up the debate on feminist foreign policy and declare that it is not a separate issue of women, but a crucial issue that benefits society as a whole.

This is a chronicle. The author is responsible for analysis and opinions in the text.

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