Gender equal world

This toolkit material will not be available after 15 December 2022.

Gender equality is a matter of human rights, democracy and justice. The human rights to freedom of opinion and expression and of peaceful assembly and association is the foundation of every aspect of gender equality. If we are to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, the mobilisation for human rights and gender equality must continue. Gained rights need to be protected and positions need to be moved forward.

Today, human rights are questioned and challenged, and human rights defenders are under pressure. With the shrinking space for democratic actors, including increased resistance towards the women´s movement, it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of the long-running fight of the women’s rights movement – and to stand up for the ongoing struggle of women human rights defenders of today.

This toolkit consists of a photo exhibition by photographer Anette Brolenius and suggested topics for seminars.

Building blocks

The exhibition

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 those defending human rightsand those fighting for a gender equal world.

Overview of exhibition (English, PDF)
Exhibition texts (ENG) for translation (English, Word)


Anette Brolenius – Gender Equal World (English, English subtitles, .mp4, vimeo)
Anette Brolenius – Gender Equal World (English, no subtitles, .mp4, vimeo)

Short video one (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video one (without subtitles)

Short video two (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video two (without subtitles)

Short video three (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video three (without subtitles)

Short video four (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video four (without subtitles)

Short video five (English, with subtitles, .mov, vimeo)
Short video five (without subtitles)

The films can be used as a component of (online) seminars or as a social media campaign on its own.

Topic suggestions

Events and seminars 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.

Event suggestions: format, topics and themes (English. PDF)

Press images

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


Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition

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.

If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Ulrika Rosvall.