Gender equal world

Gender equality is a matter of human rights, democracy and justice. It is an engine driving social development and genuine change in society. Gender equality is not only a goal of the 2030 Agenda – it is also central to achieving all the goals.

The toolkit consists of two parts.

  1. The exhibition Gender equal world – a tribute to those fighting for women’s rights
    This is a photo exhibition consisting of 15 portraits of women’s rights defenders from different parts of the world. The exhibition is a tribute to all those defending human rights and those fighting for a gender equal world.
  2. Topic suggestions and guidelines to organise events on gender equality
    Events should be focused on topics, challenges and opportunities relevant to the local context. The toolkit material is intended as an inspiration for how activities can be arranged. Please see the Financial support section for further information.

In 2018 the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs – in close collaboration with Sida and the Folke Bernadotte Academy – co-hosted the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality. The toolkit Gender equal world offers you the opportunity to continue the dialogue and effort to promote a gender equal world, using the methods, networks and results of the Stockholm Forum as an inspiration and a stepping stone.

Building blocks

1. The exhibition

– Overview of exhibition (PDF)
– Exhibition texts (ENG) for translation

2. Topic suggestions and guidelines for a gender equality event

Event documents:
– Event suggestions: format, topics and themes
– Presentation – Intro to gender equality statistics (PPT)
– Presentation – An introduction to the Swedish feminist foreign policy (PPT)
– Speaker’s notes – Feminist foreign policy presentation

Videos (spoken word poetry with Ana Paz):

Material from Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, such as conference reports, live steamed sessions, list of initiatives, list of contributors etc., can be found at

Communication material

– Invitation card

Graphic elements to use for posters, programmes etc:
Header 1 (JPG)
Header 2 (JPG)
Header 3 (JPG, square)
All three headers, as reference (PDF)

Press images:
Rachel Mwikali Mueni, Kenya (JPG)
Lulu Barrera, Mexico (JPG)
Caption for press images

Support for communication in social media


The toolkit consists of two parts. Each part can be used separately or together in connection with each event.

  1. A photo exhibition portraying 15 women’s rights defenders from all over the world
    Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition
  2. Topic suggestions and guidelines to organise events on gender equality
    Manual for organising events/seminars

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

Initiatives that include the exhibition in combination with seminars/round table will be prioritised. For more general events on gender equality, please discuss possible financial support with SI before applying.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Ulrika Rosvall or Sylvia Augustinsson.