Equal power to shape society and one's own life - The Swedish Government's gender equality policy 2010-2014
- Publication date:
- 14 August 2012
- Information material
- Ministry of Education and Research
The material is free of charge.
The struggle for gender equality has a long history and widespread support in Sweden. In the 1900s we progressed and made a lot of achievements - but plenty still remains to be done. As already mentioned gender equality policy today is about tearing down barriers and ensuring equal opportunities for women and men, for girls and boys. This is done by changing norms and attitudes that restrain people from becoming who and what they want to be. Every person has a right to the same opportunity to develop and shape their own life, without being confronted with obsolete perceptions about gender.
One of the most important tasks is to improve equality in the labour force, schools and the business sector. Other urgent challenges involve combating men's violence against women, honour-related violence and oppression, and prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes.