Completed assignments

Read about the Secretariat's previous assignments och projects assigned by external constituents.

Gender Mainstreaming in Academia (GMA), 2016-2017

From 2016 to 2017, the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research was assigned by the Swedish government to support the country’s publically funded higher education institutions as well as Chalmers University of Technology and Jönköping University in their work to gender mainstream their operations. On 1 January 2018, the administration of the GMA programme was transferred to the Swedish Gender Equality Agency.

The Secretariat provided support in the planning and implementation of the higher education institutions’ gender mainstreaming assignment. It also coordinated training efforts, organised forums for sharing of experiences between the institutions and with other government bodies, and disseminated information about best practices.

Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies (GMGA), 2013-2017

The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research was assigned by the Swedish government to support government agencies in their efforts to gender mainstream their operations. The aim was for the agencies to become even better at contributing to the Swedish national policy objective of equal opportunities for women and men to shape society and their own lives. On 1 January 2018, the administration of the GMGA programme was transferred to the Swedish Gender Equality Agency.

The Secretariat provided support in the planning and implementation of the government agencies’ development work. It also coordinated training efforts, organised forums for sharing of experiences between agencies, identified and disseminated best practices and compiled results of the agencies’ gender mainstreaming work.

The GMGA programme is part of the Swedish government’s platform for gender mainstreaming, which besides government agencies also encompasses initiatives at regional and municipal level as well as efforts to gender mainstream the Swedish Government Offices. It was launched in 2013–2014 with a pilot phase involving 18 volunteer agencies. In 2015, the programme was expanded with 23 new government agencies, and in 2016 another 18 agencies and one organisation with certain official responsibilities were added. The programme is scheduled to end in 2018.

Includegender.org, 2009-2017

Includegender.org is a national resource for gender equality providing information and news about gender equality as well as practical examples and concrete tools useful in the gender equality work. The web portal was launched in December 2009 and has been operated by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, the Swedish county administrative boards, the Swedish ESF Council, the Swedish innovation office Vinnova and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. From 2014 to 2017, the portal was funded within the framework of a government assignment titled Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies (GMGA). On 1 January 2018, the administration of Jämställ.nu was transferred to the Swedish Gender Equality Agency.

Gender Perspective on Risk and Security, 2016

The project Management and Governance encompasses a study of the influence of organisational and political conditions and obstacles, with a focus on management culture, on leadership at different levels in municipal risk and security work – from a gender perspective. The study aims to address and problematise how and why political decisions regarding this work are difficult to implement in practice. Increased knowledge about management and governance in municipal security work will not only contribute to sustainable and responsible management but will also facilitate increased safety and security for citizens. The project ended in November 2016 and was carried by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

Council of Europe’s Gender Integration, 2015-2016

The Secretariat has been commissioned by the Council of Europe to launch gender mainstreaming trainings for two consecutive years. The target group for the training, besides all the other things, has been appointing gender equality rapporteurs in all the 47 Council committees. Initially, the training was preceded by a smaller survey regarding both needs and good examples of gender mainstreaming work. For more information about gender equality work and gender mainstreaming in the Council of Europe see http://www.coe.int/en/web/genderequality

Innovation and Business, 2015-2016

In 2015, a short educational investment and a survey was made for the Nordic Council of Ministers in the area of innovation and business. In 2016, on behalf of the Occupational Safety and Health Policy Committee (ÄK-N), a deeper analysis was conducted which resulted to a report called Equal Opportunities, Innovation and Business? Gender equality analysis of the Nordic industry and innovation sector.

Questionnaire study for the LUJ project, 2015

In November 2015, Gotland County Administrative Board commissioned the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research to carry out a review of the so-called LUJ project. LUJ is Swedish acronym for the county administrative boards develop gender equality. The assignment included a small questionnaire study distributed to all gender equality experts at the County Administrative Boards of Sweden, as well as an interview study with five county directors and ten managers, the latter group in charge of social sustainability issues at ten county administrative boards. A summary and brief analysis of the survey results and interviews are available in a report produced in accordance with the assignment. The assignment was completed in January 2016.

Pre-study for the Swedish ESF Council, 2015

Sustainable development is to be considered within the national programme for the Social Fund 2014–2020 in order to contribute to a well-functioning labour market and a long-term increase in employment. Projects funded via the European Structural and Investment Funds shall implement an inclusive approach; the principles are gender equality, accessibility and non-discrimination.

Within a project for cooperation between the Swedish ESF Council and the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research, the Secretariat was assigned from February to September 2015 to carry out a pre-study for the coming support structure concerning the horizontal principles, and to include a document analysis as part of the pre-study. To support the work within the project in relation to the principles of Gender Equality and Accessibility, a website and a support structure, called ESI Support were established by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research in cooperation with the Swedish ESF Council, the county administrative boards and the Swedish Agency for Participation. The pre-study, together with the website ESI Support were completed and turned over to the Swedish ESF Council in autumn 2015.

The Jämi gender mainstreaming programme, 2008–2010

On 3 July 2008, the Swedish government commissioned the University of Gothenburg (the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research) to set up a programme for supporting government agencies in their work with gender mainstreaming.

The assignment consisted of the following components:

  • Further develop gender mainstreaming methods.
  • Creating a forum for sharing of experiences concerning gender mainstreaming.
  • Disseminating information about gender mainstreaming
  • Paving the way for long-term gender mainstreaming support.

The assignment ended 31 December 2010.