Partner spotlight: Sweden


The Government of Sweden is the largest financial supporter to UN Women and an important strategic partner. The partnership was further strengthened with the signing of a multi-year funding agreement in June 2018, whereby Sweden committed SEK 500 million (approximately USD 62 million) in core resources to UN Women.

A long-standing supporter of gender equality initiatives in the UN and the first country to adopt a feminist foreign policy, Sweden is an important enabler in UN Women’s work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and an equal and just world for all.

Since 2013, Sweden has been the largest contributor to UN Women. In 2018, Sweden was the largest contributor to UN Women’s regular resources with USD 19.9 million and the largest contributor in total resources with USD 54.92 million.

Sweden’s decision to provide core as well as non-core resources (earmarked for programmes) has been of great importance to UN Women as it has allowed the entity to build its organization, presence and expertise. With flexible core funding, Sweden is empowering UN Women to decide where the funding is most needed.

Sweden and UN Women share a fundamental commitment to gender equality. UN Women’s mandate and work corresponds closely with Sweden’s development priorities, such as strengthening the rights of refugee women and girls, combating violence against women, promoting women’s role in peace processes, strengthening women’s economic power, and fighting for sexual and reproductive rights.

Together we have achieved

Martha Alicia Benavente. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”
Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last.

Deyanira Cordoba. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

From where I stand: “It’s not just men who can do business”
Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. The region is emerging from half-a-century of armed conflict, and women’s economic empowerment can be a driver of stability and cohesion. As part of a UN Women project, Cordoba has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more.

Koyesh Miah and a friend. Photo: Kamrul Hasan Sabbir

Creating a new normal, students across Bangladesh say no more sexual harassment
Women, everywhere, have had enough. Around the world, they are saying #metoo, no longer willing to suffer sexual harassment in silence. In cities across Bangladesh, sexual harassment against women is a daily reality. A project in four major universities is engaging male and female students, as well as teachers, to challenge gender stereotypes, speak out and learn how to prevent sexual harassment.

Mama Nalepo in her shop in the local market of Mamura village in Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath

Stepping out of the Boma: Maasai women of Tanzania take charge of their own lives and livelihood
In Tanzania, UN Women and partner workshops have empowered hundreds of Maasai women to acquire land, find additional employment and diversify their economic activities to supplement their families’ income.

A woman voting on election day, 25 June 2017. Photo: UN Women/Violana Murataj

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs
In 2017 national elections, Albania reached a new milestone with 28 per cent of women parliamentarians. Women candidates benefited from the gender quota and public forums organized by UN Women and partners that enabled them to outreach to the public. Efforts continue to boost women’s political participation nationally and to secure gender balance in local elections.