What about Sweden’s feminist government?

An equal world is an enabled world. On March 8, the world will turn its devotion to women and girls for International Women’s Day, celebrating the many success stories and identifying what still needs to be done. It offers a chance to...

An equal world is an enabled world.

On March 8, the world will turn its devotion to women and girls for International Women’s Day, celebrating the many success stories and identifying what still needs to be done. It offers a chance to reflect on improvements made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of bravery and determination by women who have played a remarkable role in times past.

The overarching goal of Sweden’s national gender equality work is for women and men to have the same power to shape society and their own lives. Being the first feminist government in the world, all departments are mandated to work on gender equality. In Sweden gender equality is central to all decision-making and resource allocation. To successfully reach the national gender equality goals, the work towards gender equality beings with a gender mainstreaming strategy. All proposals and decisions are systematically analyzed to highlight the impacts they have on women and men, separately.

Equivalent to Sweden’s national gender equality work, our Offices of Science and Innovation are committed to highlight gender and equality aspects in their international collaborations and co-creation. A gender mainstreaming approach is central to the work, as various problems, results and solutions can be gender neutral, yet when applied affect men and women differently. Today many talented women are working on cutting-edge technology projects to find solutions to critical problems. Indeed, for a great purpose. By addressing science and innovation from a gender and equality perspective, where female and male needs and experiences are considered, our offices strive to promote better solutions and innovations.

This week all our offices will publish a blog post to highlight the International Women’s day on the 8th of March – giving you their global perspective. Stay tuned!

Drenushe Januzi
Intern at the Secretariat for the Offices of Science and Innovation in Stockholm.