Sweden

About

The implementation of gender mainstreaming has a fairly long history in Sweden.

Gender mainstreaming has been the Swedish government’s overarching strategy for gender policy since its 1993 bill Shared Power, Shared Responsibility. The first plan of how to implement the strategy in the Government Offices was adopted in 2004. In 2011 the government adopted a platform on how gender mainstreaming is to be conducted at central, regional and local level.

Stuctures

The Division for Gender Equality at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating the gender-mainstreaming work within government offices. The Division also provides various forms of support activities with the Government Offices, such as tailor made trainings for line ministries. Sweden has appointed a Minister for Gender Equality, responsible for policy implementation as well as development. This minister is currently located within the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

Laws and Policies

In Sweden, gender mainstreaming is seen as the main strategy for achieving the gender equality policy objectives . The portal www.includegender.org was created in 2009 to support gender mainstreaming efforts in the public sector, providing concrete tools to facilitate make gender mainstreaming in practice.  Includegender.org is a Swedish national resource for gender equality. The portal offers information and news about gender equality as well as practical examples of and concrete tools for gender equality work.