SEK 26 million in gender equality support
Press Release: The Swedish government is spending SEK 26 million to support the gender equality work in 41 government agencies. It is a diverse group of agencies that over a period of four years will receive unique support from the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research in their gender mainstreaming work.
The first phase of the so-called JiM programme (JiM is a Swedish acronym for gender mainstreaming in public authorities) started in 2013–2014 with 18 Swedish government agencies, and now it is time for 23 others to join. The Swedish Prosecution Authority, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Public Employment Service are some of the agencies that will receive support in their gender mainstreaming efforts.
‘We offer expertise that hopefully will contribute to action and development of the agencies. We show the way, present the tools and provide feedback. The aim is for the agencies to make their work and organisations gender equal and ensure that all citizens can benefit equally from their services,’ says Lillemor Dahlgren, to the right, project manager at the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research.
With the programme, the Swedish government is intensifying the national gender equality work.
Higher ambitions for the Swedish Government
‘Forty-one government agencies have now been assigned to actively gender mainstream their work and organisations. This means that all decisions made must be assessable in a gender equality perspective. This signals an increased ambition and that all people working in the public administration have both an opportunity and a responsibility to contribute to increased gender equality,’ says Swedish gender equality minister Åsa Regnér.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority is one of the new government agencies in the programme, and Prosecutor-General Anders Perklev has high expectations.
‘We have been committed for many years to the fourth national gender equality objective – to end men’s violence against women. It’ll be interesting to analyse how our work can contribute to the fulfilment of the other gender equality objectives as well.’
The Swedish Performing Arts Agency participated in the JiM programme in 2013-2014, and as Director General Stina Westerberg sees it, gender mainstreaming is about development and ensuring high quality of the services provided by the agency.
‘To fulfil the vision of creating culture for everybody we need a thorough assessment of what we do, and the work has led to the production of new statistics and new steering documents. We assess all aspects of our operations in a gender equality perspective and won’t order even the smallest thing without a careful gender impact analysis,’ says Westerberg.