The Swedish Gender Equality Agency is a government agency under the Ministry of Employment, created to contribute to effective implementation of the Swedish gender equality policy.
The overarching goal of Sweden’s national gender equality work is for women and men to have the same power to shape society and their own lives. This goal is divided into six sub-goals: equal distribution of power and influence, economic gender equality, gender equality in health, care and social services, gender equality in education, equal distribution of housework and unpaid care work, and men's violence against women must stop. The gender equality work is ultimately a matter of redistributing power and resources in order to achieve the goals.
The Swedish Gender Equality Agency works on policy-analysis and follow-up of progress against the gender equality goals, coordination and support to government agencies and universities on gender mainstreaming, as well as international exchange and cooperation.
It provides government grants to women’s mobilisation, gender equality projects and prevention of men’s violence against women in Sweden.
An important part of the mandate is supporting implementation and monitoring of Sweden’s national ten-year strategy to prevent and combat men’s violence against women, including female genital mutilation, honour-related violence and oppression, as well as prostitution and trafficking in human beings.
The Agency was established on 1 January 2018 to contribute to effective implementation of the Swedish gender equality policy. The work of the Agency requires close cooperation with other government agencies, municipalities, county councils, regions and civil society.
The agency is located in Angered, Gothenburg. It is headed by Director General Lena Ag, who also chairs the agency’s oversight committee. The agency has a staff of about 130.