About the agency

The overarching goal of Sweden’s national gender equality work is for women and men to have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This goal is separated into six sub-goals in the following areas: influence, economy, health, education, work and bodily integrity. The gender equality work is ultimately a matter of redistributing power and resources in order to achieve the goals.

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:

  • Analysis and follow-up of the development towards gender equality.
    There is a great need for an overall assessment of the development in the area of gender equality in relation to the measures implemented and actions taken. The agency shall therefore analyse the progress made with respect to Sweden’s six gender equality sub-goals and evaluate the measures implemented. The findings will for example be used to inform interventions at various levels, and by various actors, in society.
  • Support to government agencies, county councils, regions and municipalities in the implementation of gender equality policy.
  • Coordination and implementation of certain assignments in the area of gender equality policy.

The gender equality agency shall have a readiness to accept, lead and carry out assignments in the area of gender equality.

  • Allocation of government grants to gender equality projects and women’s organisations.
  • Assist the government with expertise in international gender equality cooperation.

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.

Last updated: 10:48 - 25 Apr, 2018