Women's participation in peace negotiations needs to increase

Caption: Women to Women's partner organization Iraqi Women's League demonstrates for women's rights in (city) Najaf (southern Iraq). Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna

Of: Petra Tötterman Andorff

20 years ago, the pioneering resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted by the UN Security Council. The resolution has led to some progress for the women of the world, but more work is needed to increase women's opportunities to participate and gain real influence in more ways in society.

November 11, 2020, Guest chronicle

Women's rights are threatened again in Poland 

Women's rights are threatened in Poland. Photo: Arewicz / Category: Łódź / 2016 April 1-10

Of: Julia Thalin

Last week, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that abortion of fetuses with serious birth defects is contrary to the Polish constitution. The decision opens up for further tightening of the law, which in practice means a total ban on abortion. Thousands of Poles and international actors condemn the decision.  

October 26, 2020, News

Female farmers suffer from food shortages due to covid-19

Photo: ActionAid Sweden.

Of: Jennifer Vidmo

Covid-19 has left female farmers around the world in debt and hungry, while at greater risk of being subjected to violence, abuse and harassment. Many of them can not even afford seeds for the coming season. Without more local initiatives where the rights, needs and capacities of women farmers are made visible, a dangerous spiral of growing hunger and poverty risks taking off, ActionAid Sweden writes on World Hunger Day.

October 16, 2020, Analysis

Turkey is considering leaving the Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women

Photo: Photographer: Özge Sebzeci, www.flickr.com/photos/condevcenter/33397032776/sizes/l/

Of: Julia Thalin

Reports of increased violence against women in Turkey and the murder of 27-year-old Pinar Gültekins this summer have created major protests. Nevertheless, President Erdoğan and the conservative AKP are considering abandoning the Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women.

October 13, 2020, News

Indigenous peoples in Peru are fighting for their rights

In the mountain village of Umachulco in Peru, women work together to strengthen their rights. Photo: Louise Gripenberg.

Of: Louise Gripenberg

In the mountain village of Umachulco in southern Peru, women have joined a national women's indigenous organization called Femucarinap. They work to increase the community and strengthen their rights, which has led to increased hope for a vulnerable people.

September 17, 2020, Chronicle

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

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

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