News: SEK 26 million in gender equality support
The first phase of the so-called GMGA- programme, Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies started in 2013–2014 with 18 Swedish government agencies, and now it is time for 23 others to join. The Swedish Prosecution Authority, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Public Employment Service are some of the agencies that will receive support in their gender mainstreaming efforts.
‘We offer expertise that hopefully will contribute to action and development of the agencies.’
‘We offer expertise that hopefully will contribute to action and development of the agencies. We show the way, present the tools and provide feedback. The aim is for the agencies to make their work and organisations gender equal and ensure that all citizens can benefit equally from their services,’ says Lillemor Dahlgren, project manager at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.
With the programme, the Swedish government is intensifying the national gender equality work.
‘Forty-one government agencies have now been assigned to actively gender mainstream their work and organisations. This means that all decisions made must be assessable in a gender equality perspective. This signals an increased ambition and that all people working in the public administration have both an opportunity and a responsibility to contribute to increased gender equality,’ says Swedish gender equality minister Åsa Regnér.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority is one of the new government agencies in the programme, and Prosecutor-General Anders Perklev has high expectations.
‘We have been committed for many years to the fourth national gender equality objective – to end men’s violence against women. It’ll be interesting to analyse how our work can contribute to the fulfilment of the other gender equality objectives as well.’
The Swedish Performing Arts Agency participated in the MGA- programme in 2013-2014, and as Director General Stina Westerberg sees it, gender mainstreaming is about development and ensuring high quality of the services provided by the agency.
‘To fulfil the vision of creating culture for everybody we need a thorough assessment of what we do, and the work has led to the production of new statistics and new steering documents.’
‘To fulfil the vision of creating culture for everybody we need a thorough assessment of what we do, and the work has led to the production of new statistics and new steering documents. We assess all aspects of our operations in a gender equality perspective and won’t order even the smallest thing without a careful gender impact analysis,’ says Westerberg.
About gender mainstreaming
Sweden initiated its gender mainstreaming efforts in 1994. Gender mainstreaming is the primary strategy used to achieve the central aim of Sweden’s gender equality policy – for women and men to have equal power and opportunity to shape society and their own lives. Gender mainstreaming implies that a gender equality perspective is incorporated in all decision making, at all levels and in all steps of the process, by the actors normally involved in the decision making. A gender equality perspective must be present all the way from proposal to implementation and evaluation. The consequences of a proposal for women and men must be systematically identified and analysed.
The following government agencies are participating in the programme:
The agencies marked with an asterisk were part of the programme already in 2013-2014
- The Swedish Public Employment Service • The Swedish Work Environment Authority*
- The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning*
- The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention
- The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority
- The Swedish National Board of Student Aid (CSN)*
- The Equality Ombudsman
- The Folke Bernadotte Academy
- The Public Health Agency of Sweden
- The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
- The Swedish Armed Forces*
- The Swedish Social Insurance Administration*
- The Health and Social Care Inspectorate
- The Swedish Arts Grants Committee*
- The Swedish Prison and Probation Service*
- The Swedish National Food Agency*
- The Swedish Migration Board
- The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency*
- The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis
- The Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education
- The Swedish Performing Arts Agency*
- The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society*
- The Swedish Pensions Agency *
- The Swedish Exhibition Agency
- The Swedish ESF Council
- The Sami Parliament *
- The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
- The Swedish Tax Agency*
- The National Board of Health and Welfare
- The Swedish National Board of Institutional Care*
- Public Art Agency Sweden
- The Swedish Arts Council
- The Swedish Schools Inspectorate
- The Swedish National Agency for Education*
- The Swedish National Courts Administration
- The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth*
- The Swedish Council for Higher Education
- The Swedish Higher Education Authority
- The innovation agency Vinnova
- The Swedish Research Council*
- The Swedish Prosecution Authority