Sweden’s feminist Government launches HeForShe
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Stockholm, Sweden for the launch of the Swedish HeForShe movement on 18 June. Invited by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who was announced as a champion of UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year.
Prime Minister Löfven and Sweden are taking a global lead for redefining masculinity and addressing the issues holding women back from realizing their full potential.
“It is time that more men step forward and commit to move the gender equality agenda forward. I therefore urge all men to take their share of responsibility – at work, in the family and among friends,” said Prime Minister Löfven. “As Prime Minister I will do my part. I lead the world's first feminist government. It means that gender equality permeates the entire government policy. And women's rights permeate our international work.”
In becoming an IMPACT 10x10x10 champion, the Prime Minister has committed to: 1) Close the gap between women and men in pay and employment, 2) Advance women leaders in all Swedish sectors, 3) Address gender inequities in health.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “As an IMPACT 10X10X10 champion, Sweden will address the interconnected issues holding women back from their full and successful participation in society.”
The launch took place during the first official visit by Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka to Sweden since the Swedish Prime Minister Mr. Löfven was elected in September 2014 and announced that his would be a feminist government.
The Executive Director also met with several ministers including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, who is heading the Swedish feminist foreign policy, which has received much international attention. Sweden is a strong supporter of UN Women’s work, both domestically and globally, and one of the world leaders in gender equality.
Read the press release:
UN Women announces bold commitments to gender equality from 20 new partners
Watch the archived webcast of the HeForShe launch (in Swedish).