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The Swedish Gender Equality Agency's basic task is to work with follow-up, analysis, coordination, knowledge and support in order to achieve the Swedish gender equality policy goals. The work with the basic assignment is organised in three areas of activity: monitoring and analysing the development towards the gender equality policy goals, supporting actors in the work for gender equality and preventing and combating men's violence against women. Here you can read about the agency's current assignments.


Assignment to report an in-depth follow-up of the sub-goal of stopping men's violence against women

The Gender Equality Authority is commissioned to report an in-depth follow-up of the sub-goal of stopping men's violence against women. The report shall contain a description and analysis of developments in the area based on a number of indicators and implemented measures. The report shall also contain a description and analysis of the regional work to prevent and combat men's violence against women. The Gender Equality Authority's report shall form the basis for the letter that the Government plans to submit to the Riksdag every two years.

The assignment must be reported no later than 22 April 2022.

Assignment to map and disseminate knowledge about experiences of honour related violence and oppression and other types of violence and oppression linked to stays abroad

The Government instructs the Swedish Gender Equality Agency to map and disseminate knowledge about experiences of violence and oppression abroad. The assignment includes honour related violence and oppression as well as other types of violence and oppression that people with connections to Sweden have experienced during stays abroad. The assignment aims to compile and analyse individuals' stories in order to contribute to the development of preventive and treatment interventions in Sweden.

The assignment must be partially reported on 1 December 2022 and finalised no later than 1 October 2023.

Assignment to produce proposals for initiatives to strengthen foreign-born women's opportunities in the labour market

The Government instructs the Gender Equality Agency to develop proposals for initiatives to strengthen foreign-born women's opportunities in the labour market. The target group is especially those who are far from the labour market and who today do not participate in establishment measures.

To reach the women who are furthest from the labour market, the government wants to investigate how collaboration works and if necessary can be improved between authorities and other key actors who meet women, such as civil society, open preschool, school, health care and social services. The Gender Equality Agency is therefore tasked with proposing, based on existing knowledge, initiatives with a focus on collaboration to reach foreign-born women who currently do not participate in establishment measures.

The assignment must be reported no later than 31 March 2022.

 

Strengthened work against prostitution and human trafficking as well as honour related violence and oppression


The Gender Equality Agency is tasked with continuing to focus on strengthening the work against the exploitation of children and young people and adults in prostitution and human trafficking. The Gender Equality Agency shall map the existence of, and disseminate knowledge about the need for special interventions for both adults and children who are exposed to honour related violence and oppression and who are exploited in prostitution or exposed to human trafficking. Within the assignment, the Gender Equality Agency shall focus on disseminating knowledge about the identified special groups' special vulnerability, support needs and initiatives, with a focus on social services and health and medical care. Within the framework of the assignment, the Gender Equality Agency shall also make visible people with disabilities and their special vulnerability with regard to honour related violence and oppression and human trafficking.

The assignment must be reported no later than 31 March 2022.

Assignment on effective working methods and methods for disseminating information regarding genital mutilation of girls and women

The Gender Equality Agency will continue to be commissioned to inventory effective working methods for changes in attitudes and behavioural changes regarding female genital mutilation and to disseminate these to relevant actors. Collaboration shall take place with the National Competence Team against honour related violence and oppression at the County Administrative Board in Östergötland County.

 

Support for violence prevention initiatives aimed at young people in partner relationships


The Gender Equality Agency shall support the work to support young people who have been exposed to violence, for example by continuing the collaboration with the 1000 Opportunities Foundation, which runs the support and knowledge platform ungarelationer.se 

The Gender Equality Agency must also submit proposals on how support for young people exposed to violence can be further strengthened. Young people living in an honour context are an extra vulnerable group when it comes to violence in young people's partner relationships. Within the framework of the assignment, the Gender Equality Agency shall also implement initiatives aimed at young men who exercise violence and control in their relationships.

 

Gender mainstreaming in colleges and universities


The Gender Equality Agency shall support the state universities and colleges as well as Chalmers University of Technology AB and the Jönköping University Foundation in their work with gender mainstreaming in 2021 and 2022. The assignment includes offering support in the development of work, competence-enhancing initiatives and promotion of experience exchanges between universities and to follow results and effects of the higher education institutions' assignments regarding gender mainstreaming. This may, for example, be about offering the higher education institutions support in the work of preparing or revising plans for gender mainstreaming, so that they contribute to results in terms of business outcomes, routines and working methods.

The Gender Equality Agency shall also offer higher education institutions support in identifying and disseminating learning examples of method development and making target group-adapted results of gender equality mainstreaming work visible and accessible.

The support must be business-adapted and designed in dialogue with the above-mentioned higher education institutions and with other actors relevant to the sector. The support must also be coordinated with and use experiences from the JiM initiative.

The assignment must be partially reported no later than 30 April 2021 and 30 April 2022, and finalised no later than 30 April 2023.

Assignment for continued cooperation between authorities to counter cheating, rule violations and crime in working life

The Government instructs the Swedish Public Employment Service, the Swedish Work Environment Agency, the Swedish Environmental Crime Agency, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, the Gender Equality Agency, the Swedish Migration Agency, the Swedish Police and the Swedish Tax Agency to collaborate in 2021 on continued development of methods and joint government controls against cheating, rule violations and crime in working life, with a special focus on creating conditions for lasting collaboration.

Assignment to continue to develop and disseminate working methods to municipalities on violence in close relationships and honour related violence and oppression due to the covid-19 pandemic


The Government instructs the Gender Equality Agency to continue to develop and disseminate effective working methods for how municipalities can establish contact with victims of violence and reach out with information about violence in close relationships and honour related violence and oppression in light of the special circumstances and conditions prevailing due to covid-19-pandemic. The assignment will build on the results and conclusions achieved in the work with the previous assignment to identify and develop effective working methods for how municipalities should be able to disseminate information about violence in close relationships and honour related violence and oppression and how contact can be established with victims.

The assignment will be reported on March 31, 2022.

 

Mission to prevent and combat female genital mutilation


The Gender Equality Agency has been commissioned to coordinate, contribute to the exchange of experience and follow up the work against female genital mutilation (FGM) carried out by authorities and other relevant actors. The Gender Equality Agency shall also develop working methods and methods for preventive work against FGM.

The assignment will be partially reported on 28 February 2022 and finalised on 30 September 2023.

Assignment to increase knowledge about victims of violence who live with protected personal data, with a focus on women and children

The Gender Equality Agency has been commissioned to implement knowledge-raising initiatives regarding victims of violence who live with protected personal data, with a focus on women and children. The purpose of the assignment is to increase awareness of current legislation and shed light on the life situation of women and children exposed to violence who live with protected personal data.

The assignment must be reported no later than 31 March 2022.

 

Democracy 100 years 2021

Due to the fact that democracy in Sweden turns 100 in 2021, the government is implementing a national initiative. The Gender Equality Agency shall participate by, within the framework of its areas of responsibility, implementing initiatives and activities that draw attention to the democratic governance and its values. In the assignment, the Gender Equality Agency shall cooperate with the Democracy Committee for 100 years.

The assignment must be reported no later than April 7, 2022.

Assignment to submit documentation for a future national strategy in the field of mental health and suicide prevention

The National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Public Health Agency have been commissioned by the government to submit documentation for a new national strategy in the area of mental health and suicide prevention.The assignment is carried out in close collaboration with several relevant authorities, including the Gender Equality Agency. The assignment must be reported on 1 September 2021 and 1 September 2023.

 

Assignment to support the work with gender mainstreaming in government agencies

The Government instructs the Gender Equality Agency to, within the framework of
the government's development program for gender mainstreaming in government
authorities (JiM), support the authorities' work with gender mainstreaming 2020–2025. The assignment includes, through supportive efforts, improving the conditions for the JiM authorities to be able to effectively:

• continuously plan work with gender mainstreaming, including gender budgeting,
• analyse the business from a gender equality perspective in order to identify concrete existing gender equality problems in the activities or in society within the authorities' areas of responsibility,
• develop or adapt methods to follow up results and effects from a gender equality perspective, for example outcomes of routines and working.

The Gender Equality Agency shall also:

• identify and disseminate knowledge and learning examples regarding gender mainstreaming and make the results of the JiM work visible and available to relevant audiences,
• promote collaboration between authorities to help resolve such issues gender equality issues in society that require coordination, and
• continuously evaluate the JiM program.

The support to the authorities must be business-adapted and designed in close proximity
dialogue with relevant authorities. The Gender Equality Agency shall, if necessary
prioritise the support measures and the activities that are judged to have the greatest opportunity to contribute to achieving the gender equality policy goals. The support must in relevant parts be planned and offered in collaboration with The Discrimination Ombudsman (DO), the Swedish Financial Management Authority (ESV) and
Statistics Sweden (SCB).

The assignment will be partially reported annually in April and finalised on 17 April 2026.

 

Educational initiatives for universities and colleges on men's violence against women and honour related violence and oppression


The Gender Equality Agency will continue to offer training initiatives and knowledge support for teachers and other education managers at universities and colleges, on issues related to men's violence against women and violence in close relationships. Questions about honour related violence and oppression, including child marriage, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, violence against children and prostitution and human trafficking sexual purposes and the exposure of LGBTQI people to violence in close relationships shall be included in the assignment.

The assignment will be planned in collaboration with the National Competence Team against Honour Related Violence and Oppression at the County Administrative Board of Östergötland County. The assignment will be carried out in collaboration with Uppsala University where The National Center for Women's Peace (NCK) is and with Linköping
university (Barnafrid - National Knowledge Center) as well as other
universities and colleges that the Gender Equality Agency and the National
competence team against honour related violence and oppression find relevant.

The assignment must be partially reported on 15 April 2022 and 17 April 2023. By 15 April 2024, the Gender Equality Authority must submit a comprehensive account of the assignment.

 

Assignment to assist the National Board of Health and Welfare in the dissemination work with competence support concerning violence in close relationships and more


The National Board of Health and Welfare has been commissioned to distribute funds during 2020-2020 to develop the social services' and health care's work against violence in close relationships, sexual violence, honour related violence and oppression, and to support work with adults and children in prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purpose. The funds will be distributed to municipalities and regions.

The National Board of Health and Welfare must also provide and quality-assured knowledge and method support, so-called competence support. The Gender Equality Agency is commissioned to assist the National Board of Health and Welfare in spreading national support to the regional level. The Gender Equality Agency shall, in collaboration with the county administrative boards, Uppsala University (NCK), Linköping University (Barnafrid) and the regions support the dissemination and develop the forms to facilitate the receipt of national support. The Gender Equality Agency shall also promote uniformity and synergies between the counties and in particular support developments in health and medical care as well as collaboration between health and medical care and social services.

The assignment must be finalised no later than 30 September 2023.

 

Publication date: 9 June 2021

Last updated: 17 January 2022