The Swedish Gender Equality Agency was established on 1 January 2018 to contribute to effective implementation of Swedish gender equality policy. The work of the agency requires close cooperation with other government agencies, municipalities, county councils, regions, civil society and business and industry. The main task of the gender equality agency is to coordinate, follow up and provide various forms of support in the area of gender equality. The work is carried out in the following domains:
The gender equality agency shall have a readiness to accept, lead and carry out assignments in the area of gender equality.
In recent years, the weaknesses and needs as regards the organisation of Swedish gender equality policy have been discussed in several government inquiries and reports. The final report of the Gender Equality Inquiry, titled Policy Objectives and a New Government Agency – Effective Governance of Swedish Gender Equality Policy (SOU 2015:86) describes how the absence of a permanent administrative structure in the area of gender equality is making strategic and long-term gender equality work difficult. The Inquiry’s most important conclusion was therefore that a solid and permanent structure at national level is needed in order for the government to be able to implement the national gender equality policy effectively. In its Budget Bill for 2017, the government announced an intention to establish a national gender equality agency.
The Swedish Gender Equality Agency is located in Angered, Gothenburg. It is headed by Director General Lena Ag, who also chairs the agency’s oversight committee. At its opening in 2018, the agency has a staff of about 50.