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Sweden’s deputy prime minister, Isabella Lövin, published a photograph of herself on Twitter signing a climate bill surrounded by her closest female colleagues, apparently a reference photos of Trump signing bills surrounded by men.
Sweden’s deputy prime minister, Isabella Lövin, published a photograph of herself on Twitter signing a climate bill surrounded by her closest female colleagues, apparently a reference photos of Trump signing bills surrounded by men.
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Gender in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Research project
Active research
Project period
2014 - ongoing
Project owner
Department of Political Science

Short description

Much if not most of the work diplomats do takes place among national peers, in Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFAs), embassies and consulates. Our preliminary research suggests that MFAs have been slow to respond to calls for including larger numbers of women, non-discrimination policies and other gender equality initiative’s. In some of institutions – such as the Russian MFA – sexual harassment and work place discrimination is rampant (US Embassy Moscow 2008). In others, such as the Swedish MFA, there is no indication that the institution is infused with overt and severe harassment and discrimination, and the institution has worked with gender equality for some time. The 2014 dedication by the Swedish government to a Feminist Foreign Policy has intensified the internal work with gender equality within the ministry. The Swedish MFA may in

Publications

Niklasson, Birgitta (2020). The Gendered Networking of Diplomats. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 15(1): 13-42.

Niklasson, Birgitta and Felicia Robertsson (2017). The Swedish MFA: Ready to Live Up to Expectations?, in Karin Aggestam and Ann E. Towns, (eds.) Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiation. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp 65-85.