Men’s physical, psychological and sexualised violence against women and girls is causing enormous suffering. In addition, men’s violence against women and honour-related violence constitute serious obstacles to gender equality. Ending men’s violence against women is therefore a prioritised aim in Swedish gender equality policy.
In order to increase the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the work, in 2016 the government launched a national strategy and a targeted action programme. The 10-year strategy went into effect on 1 January 2017.
Two factors are emphasised in the strategy: the importance of preventive measures and men’s participation and responsibility in the work against violence. But it also stresses the need for stronger protection for abused women and children, more effective law enforcement and improved knowledge, approaches and methods. The national strategy also prescribes efforts to combat violence in same-sex relationships, prostitution, sex trafficking, honour-related violations and destructive masculinities.
A successful outcome of the work will require improved coordination among relevant actors in society. The Swedish Gender Equality Agency will spread awareness about the strategy, increase the coordination and contribute knowledge, methods and support in the implementation.