Ministry of Health and Social AffairsSvenska
Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér accepted a gender equality award in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 23 March. Attention was focused on Sweden for its gender equality policies at the international Women in Parliaments Global Forum Summit.
The Government is proposing a third 'reserved' month of parental benefit. The aim of the proposal is to achieve a more gender-equal take-up of parental benefit, which strengthens the right of children to both their parents. The proposal is also aimed at increasing gender equality in the labour market. At present, two months of parental benefit are reserved for each parent. It is proposed that the new system apply from 1 January 2016 for children born or adopted from that date.
The Government intends to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Swedish law. On 19 February 2015 the Government adopted supplementary terms of reference for the Inquiry on the rights of the child appointed in March 2013.
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is holding its annual meeting in New York between 9 and 20 March. Sweden's Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér, is leading the Swedish delegation and participating in several events.
"Sweden's voice for the rights of women and girls worldwide plays a role for others. Our line is to stand up for gender equality and the right of women to self-determination," says Ms Regnér.
Sweden wants to coordinate work throughout the country concerning vulnerable EEA citizens staying temporarily in Sweden. On 29 January, Martin Valfridsson was appointed national coordinator for this work.