New foreign policy makes the future uncertain for gender equality projects in Latin America

Maja Magnusson, press officer and information officer at Svalorna Latinamerika, is concerned that reduced aid and scrapped feminist foreign policy could affect gender equality work in Latin America. Photo: Swallows Latin America.

Of: Vilma Ellemark

The new direction of Swedish foreign policy has caused concern among many organizations that work with global development issues. - We are worried about severe cuts, says Maja Magnusson, press officer and information officer at Svalorna Latin America.

December 9, 2022, Interview

Eight years of feminist foreign policy - now it is being scrapped

The purpose of the feminist foreign policy has been to raise the ambition for the global work with women's rights. Now Sweden's new government chooses to drop the term feminist foreign policy. Image from Hingoli, India. Photo: Amol Sonar. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Ella Sjöbeck

In October 2014, Sweden became the first country in the world to present a feminist foreign policy. Eight years later, the concept will be abolished. It confirms that newly appointed Foreign Minister Tobias Billström (M). But what has feminist foreign policy really meant? What results has it produced so far? And what happens to foreign policy now? The development magazine clears up your doubts. 

November 2, 2022, Development magazine explains

Feminism - a Western invention or fundamental rights

Can the world agree on a universal feminism? Picture: Bristol University Press

Of: Frida Ekberg Berry

In Jordan, there is today a feminist struggle for greater equality. As in all countries, this struggle is met with more or less resistance from its surroundings. Some see feminism as a Western phenomenon while others believe that gender equality is about human rights.

April 9, 2021, Report

Oil refineries and punitive tariffs will help the climate

Preemraff in Lysekil

Expanding the oil refinery in Lysekil is a good global environmental policy, according to the Sweden Democrats' Martin Kinnunen. Photo: Lars Falkdalen Lindahl (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Kerstin Edquist

Can an oil refinery in Sweden be good for the global climate? Or should we impose tariffs on big emitters like the US and China? These are issues that have been debated this week. In addition, feminist foreign policy has received both praise and rice.

January 30, 2020, Current debate

Feminist foreign policy does not only benefit women

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

Of: Omran Nedal Khasawneh

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 […]

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November 26, 2019, Chronicle

High hopes for the new Foreign Minister

New Foreign Minister Ann Linde. Photo: World Trade Organization (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Kerstin Edquist

In just over a week, Sweden has received a new foreign minister, a new government declaration and a new budget. This has, of course, caused debate in the Swedish media. Several organizations are hoping for more feminism in foreign policy. The Liberals want to see rapid support for activists in Hong Kong.

September 19, 2019, Current debate

Sweden must sign the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Sweden is facing a choice of path: go ahead and continue to push for disarmament or passively watch when the nuclear threat increases, writes Jaime Gomez from the Feminist Initiative. Photo: Ralf Schlesener (CC BY 2.0).

Of: Jaime Gomez

A major nuclear war would make our planet uninhabitable for humans. Despite this, Sweden and the EU have not wanted to ratify the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We must realize that disarmament is the only way to peace and human security, writes Jaime Gomez from the Feminist Initiative.

June 7, 2019, Debate

Dare to give smart aid, new government

Stefan Löfven, Peter Eriksson and Margot Wallström

In the agreement with the Center Party and the Liberals, the new government has, among other things, promised a feminist foreign policy. Photo: Collage / Kristian Pohl, Government Offices

Of: Magnus Walan

Happily, the new government retains the one percent target, continues with a feminist foreign policy and makes a democracy offensive in development aid. But it is important not to start from simplified analyzes. Diakonia's Magnus Walan writes about how the new government should navigate development aid and development policy in 2019.

January 30, 2019, Debate

Swedish development aid fails to work for literacy

Indian voters read newspapers during an election rally. Photo: Al Jazeera English (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Indian voters read newspapers during an election rally. Photo: Al Jazeera English (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Of: Gina Manzizila, Hélène Boethius and Lena Islander

Saturday, September 8, celebrates International Literacy Day worldwide. Illiteracy is one of the main causes of poverty. Despite this, Swedish development assistance fails to focus on illiteracy, writes the organization ALEF.

September 7, 2018, Debate