Have you recently been on Sweden’s official government page? If not, you probably should take a look at it.
The government’s website presents a group photo of Swedish government officials featuring women and men, with the headline “A Feminist Government”.
But what exactly does a “Feminist Government” entail? If you look closely and do a little bit of research on former projects carried out by the Swedish government, you will quickly notice that gender equality is the government’s priority throughout all policy-making decisions.
“A feminist government ensures that a gender equality perspective is brought into policy-making on a broad front, both nationally and internationally. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This is a human right and a matter of democracy and justice. Gender equality is also part of the solution to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development.”
Literally every aspect of Sweden’s form of governing is shaped by feminist ideology: the belief that both men and women deserve the same social, economic, and political opportunities. Their foreign policy comprises of gender equality as a prerequisite to reaching peace deals and strengthening their foreign policy goals.
When looking at Sweden’s overall success as a nation, one can clearly see that women’s presence and participation in the government is crucial to ensuring peace and sustainability within a country.
Here are some facts on how Sweden’s feminist implementation into government has helped the country stand out through its successes:
- Sweden has among the EU’s lowest levels of national debt, low and stable inflation, and a healthy banking system (source)
- It has the highest standard of living anywhere
- Sweden ranks number 11 as the most productive nation (source)
- It has one of the lowest annual rates of road deaths in the world due to its successful infrastructure system (source)
AND, not only is the Swedish government intelligent, sufficient, and forward-thinking, but they happen to have a great sense of humor, too! Check out this photo that Isabella Lovin (Sweden’s deputy Prime Minister) posted on her Facebook a couple days ago:
The photo shows the deputy PM signing a law while surrounded by her female colleagues. If anyone saw the photo of Trump signing an executive order to ban federal money going to international groups that provide individuals with information on abortions, all whilst surrounded by men, one can draw serious similarities (one of which is more horrifying).
Irregardless of humor, Sweden is a model government and its governmental strategies should serve as a roadmap for ALL nations.
What do you all think about Sweden’s form of governing?
Would love to hear your thoughts/answer any questions!