Sweden // Structures

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.

In each ministry there is an appointed Gender Equality Coordinator, and together they form an Inter-ministerial Working Group on Gender Mainstreaming. According to the gender-mainstreaming strategy, each ministry must have an action plan on how to conduct and implement gender mainstreaming. The Division of Gender Equality is responsible for annual external quantitative follow up  of work in the government offices undertaken by Statistics Sweden. The results from this follow up is reported to the minister in charge of gender equality. Each ministry receives feedback from the external evaluation via their gender coordinator.

Government agencies – semi-autonomous central administrative bodies – are also in charge of gender mainstreaming, having been the target of a development programme since 2013.

The Swedish government has a Council for gender equality led by the Minister for Gender Equality. This Council is a forum that since 1983, brings together specially invited representatives of various organizations, including political parties and NGOs in the gender quality field. The Council meets four times a year and discusses important issues of gender equality policy, exchange information and ideas. Today, the Gender Equality Council consists of 56 organizations or networks. 

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg was inaugurated in 1998 as part of a major Swedish parliamentary initiative for research with a gender perspective. In July 2008, the Secretariat was assigned by the Swedish Government to work, within the Gender Mainstreaming Programme (Jämi), to promote integration of gender equality in the state. This assignment came to an end on 31 December 2010. The Nordic Council of Ministers has decided to place NIKK (Nordic Information on Gender) as a Nordic cooperative body at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. NIKK’s assignment is to gather and share knowledge about policy and practice, facts and research related to gender and gender equality in the Nordic region. The assignment is ongoing.

Government agencies – semi-autonomous central administrative bodies – are also in charge of gender mainstreaming, having been the target of a development programme since 2013. In 2013-2014 the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research was given the task to support government agencies with their work with gender mainstreaming.