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Female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women has been forbidden in Sweden since 1982. Despite that it still occurs within the country’s boundaries as well as outside. During the Swedish Gender Equality Agency’s gathering against FGM a few areas were identified that need improvement in order to avoid girls and women being exposed to FGM and be able to offer help to more who are already being exposed.
Sweden was the first country in the world to make it illegal to buy sexual services, but legal to sell them. Prostitution was to be seen as a part of men’s violence against women and therefore it became important to place the responsibility on the shoulders of the perpetrators, not the victims. In October, the Swedish Gender Equality Agency co-hosted a conference to highlight that the Swedish sex purchase law turns 20 years.
27 – 28 November the Swedish Gender Equality Agency arranges the International Expert Meeting on violence-preventive work against honour-based violence in Angered, Gothenburg. Before the meeting we asked some questions to our guests, experts from the international organisations; what challenges are they facing, crucial elements in their methods of combating honour-based violence and oppression, key elements and success factors and what they are hoping to contribute with at the expert meeting. Here are their answers:
Tuesday November 27 the International Expert Meeting on violence-preventive work against honour-based violence commences at the Swedish Gender Equality Agency in Angered, Göteborg. The Expert Meeting will last for two days and gathers international experts from several countries, Swedish experts, and local actors working with violence-preventive work with boys and young men in an honour context.
On 15-16 May, more than 300 participants gathered in Stockholm for the 4th International Conference on Men’s Equal Opportunities, known in short as ICMEO. Many gender equality ministers in Europe were among the participants, along with other representatives of governmental agencies and civil society as well as many experts.
Efforts to combat intimate partner violence are often aimed at adults, but the Danish project “Violent love” instead targeted young people. Susanne Nour Magnusson is the head of the treatment and competence centre Dialog mod vold, which managed the project. The results will be presented at the ICMEO conference on men and equal opportunities.
Many men feel that they are in the dock, which makes it difficult to get through to them with gender equality initiatives. This according to Lena Wallquist from the organisation MÄN. At the ICMEO conference, they talk about new methods for practical efforts against violence and destructive norms.
The involvement and activism among young men need to be highlighted in the work of promoting equality. This is said by Jeff Hearn, senior professor in gender studies at Örebro University, Sweden. He has researched men and masculinity for 40 years and is one of the keynote speakers at the ICMEO conference.
Sweden will arrange the 4th International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities, ICMEO, in Stockholm on 15-16 May 2018. The Swedish Minister for Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, will host the conference with international high-level participants also being featured in the programme. The Swedish Gender Equality Agency co-arranges the conference on behalf of the Swedish Minister of Gender Equality.