Combating climate change and its consequences is one of the most defining global issues of our time. To achieve this, all actors in society must work actively to reduce emissions. Collaboration between government, business and civil society is key. The cultural and creative industries are making an ever-increasing contribution to Swedish exports.
Women and gender equality - Federal Foreign Office
Women in Foreign Policy
Sexual abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, forced marriage and genital mutilation are human rights violations that primarily affect women and girls. In addition, traditional values, roles and behavioural patterns often lead to women being specifically disadvantaged as regards their economic, cultural and social rights, such as access to food, education or healthcare. Women and girls are also particularly subject to the effects of civil war, refugee movements resulting from conflict, and sexual violence and rape, which are increasingly being used as weapons of war. Women often suffer multiple discrimination, disadvantaged not merely due to their gender but also because they belong to an ethnic or social minority, or on the grounds of their sexual orientation multiple violation of human rights. It is further defined by various other instruments, such as the conclusions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and resolutions by the Security Council and Human Rights Council. The acquis is supplemented and updated by the addition of new documents, such as the Agenda for Sustainable Development. The problem lies in the consistent implementation of these goals.
When I attended the first Summit of the Americas in Miami in , only two female heads of state represented their countries: Dominica and Nicaragua. This past April at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, five of the presidents and prime ministers representing the 33 participating countries were women: from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Their presence was an important example of the progress the hemisphere—and its women—have made. In fact, the region continues to make progress in a variety of areas. Governments throughout the hemisphere are increasingly recognizing that no country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind.
What role does gender play in diplomacy and foreign policy and how can gender equality and parity be achieved in these fields? Historically, gender has not been a major concern in diplomacy. The number becomes even smaller when we look at negotiators and chief mediators in peace negotiations.