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Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy in the Making: Ethics, Politics, and Gender

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.3 (Fall 2016)

September 14, 2016

Rosenbad, the seat of the Swedish government. CREDIT: Jorge Láscar (CC)

By Karin Aggestram and Annika Bergman-Rosamond

In 2015 the world’s first self-defined feminist government was formed in Sweden. As part of that ambitious declaration, Sweden also became the first state ever to publicly adopt a feminist foreign policy, with a stated ambition to become the "strongest voice for gender equality and full employment of human rights for all women and girls." To be sure, launching a feminist foreign policy is a radical policy change. At the same time, this policy is embedded in the broader global efforts to promote gender equality in the international arena, which we have seen evolving over the past few decades in the aftermath of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution "reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response, and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security."

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