Inequality is about life and death

In Guatemala, women in agriculture often lack formal ownership of the land they cultivate. This means that they are less able to make investments and plan to adapt to climate change. Pictured are women from the Madre Tierra agricultural cooperative. Photo: Jesper Klemedsson

Of: Anders Lago, Anna Tibblin, Britta von Schoultz, Erica Lundgren, Helen Persson, Lotta Folkesson and Tommy Ohlström

Stupid, said the UN Secretary-General recently, about inequality in the world. He's right. Lack of respect for women's rights is one reason why women die in the fight for their land and against climate change. Sweden must push for women's democratic rights, writes the aid organization We Effects' board.

March 9, 2020, Debate

Climate change is a gender equality issue!

Women in the world grow a large part of the food for their families. At the same time, they are more exposed to climate change than men.

Of: Lisa Tover

Women are 14 times more likely than men to die from natural disasters caused by climate change. At the same time, it is often women who to a large extent cultivate food and give birth to the world. It is high time that the women and non-binaries affected by climate change are heard and included, writes Lisa Tover, who is currently practicing among small farmers in Colombia.

March 6, 2020, Debate

Women's unions are needed - in both Sweden and the world

There is a lot left in the fight for gender equality, both in Sweden and in the world. It writes Centerkvinnornas Susanne von Tiedemann. Photo: Pablo Valerio / Pixabay

Of: Susanne von Tiedemann

Va? What did you say, do you work for a women's union? Excuse me, but are women's unions really needed? Sweden is equal. Quite often I am met by that reaction when I tell where I work. I am the general secretary of the Center Women, the Center Party's women's union. I usually answer that as long as there are gender-related injustices that affect women, conscious special organization is needed in […]

March 4, 2020, Guest chronicle

The law is not enough to stop domestic violence

In Uganda, more than two-thirds of women who have been married have experienced some form of partner violence, according to a report. Photo: UN Women Uganda / Nadine Kamolleh

Of: Felicia Lanevik

In Uganda, violence against women in the home is still a major problem. Despite the fact that an important law against domestic violence came into force in 2010, there is a lack of both resources and knowledge to implement it. The fight for women's rights is instead led by civil society organizations.

February 7, 2020, FUF-correspondents

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 […]

November 26, 2019, Chronicle

What are we going to do with women?

Young students in Tonga

Women and girls are often seen as instruments for creating everything from economic development to a better climate. Guest columnist Julia Schalk thinks that we should stop putting all the world's problems on the shoulders of women and girls. Photo: Connor Ashleigh / AusAID (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Julia Schalk

There is nothing women and girls, as collectives and individuals, should not be able to do. Do we want economic development? Invest in women, they distribute income more long-term (children's education). Reduced carbon emissions? Give women contraception so they give birth to fewer children (reduced population growth). Peace? Include women in peace negotiations. Fewer teenage pregnancies? Sex education for girls so they learn […]

October 11, 2019, Guest chronicle

South Korea's feminist struggle is being waged with a pen

South Korea gender roles

In South Korea, there are traditions of a very hierarchical view of gender roles. At the same time, many young South Koreans are challenging the old traditions. Photo: Collage, Sergio and Dconvertini, Flickr.

Of: Elin Haglund

In South Korea, there is strong opposition to gender equality. This is largely due to the hierarchical traditions of ideas that characterize the country's culture, says literary critic and professor Dongshik Kim. Now a new generation with a more modern attitude is taking up the fight, among other things with the help of literature.

October 8, 2019, Report

Gender equality can make the business community contribute to sustainable development

The global goals and sustainable development were popular topics in Almedalen. Many companies had seminars and exhibitions on the theme. Photo: Lovisa Novak / FUF

Of: Lovisa Novak

Focusing on gender equality is an effective way to contribute to global development, but also to create sustainable and successful companies. During this year's Almedalen Week, many seminars were devoted to the role and responsibility of the private sector for sustainable development.

July 11, 2019, Report

Forward and backward for the right to abortion in the world

In many parts of the world, the right to abortion is increasing, but US aid policy is giving new impetus to abortion critics. Photo: Monica Melton / Unsplash

Of: Sara Haid

The right to abortion has become stronger in many low-income countries, according to Pia Engstrand at the development agency Sida. At the same time, abortion opponents have been given new impetus by the United States' anti-abortion aid policy.

July 2, 2019, News

The need for women's rights organizations is great

Between the town hall and Terres de Femme's premises, Peter Lenk's artwork 'Der Laubebrunnen' has been erected in the small German town of Konstanz. Photo: Pauline af Ekenstam.

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

Many of Europe's countries have been ranked high on the list of the world's best countries to live in as a woman, according to US News & World Report. Despite this, the need for women's rights organizations is great. FUF meets Erika Korn, one of the initiators of the German Terre des Femmes, who looks critically at Europe's political efforts for violence against women.

June 25, 2019, FUF-correspondents