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. Not only a goal of the 2030 Agenda, gender equality is also central to achieving all the goals.

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.

The toolkit is closely linked to Sweden’s feminist foreign policy. The implication is that the Swedish Foreign Service, in all its parts, shall strive to strengthen all women’s and girls’ rights, representation and resources, based on the reality in which they live.

Instructions and manuals

The toolkit consists of several parts that are intended to be used collectively or separately. There are two main building blocks:

  1. seminars or other expert events
    Manual for organising events/seminars
  2. a photo exhibition portraying 15 women’s rights defenders from all over the world
    Manual for producing and presenting the exhibition

Building blocks

Seminar 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):
She Decides (coming soon)
When I see you, I see me (coming soon)

Handbook on Sweden’s feminist foreign policy:
English (link to PDF)
Swedish (link to PDF)

Exhibition documents:
Overview of exhibition (PDF)
Exhibition texts (ENG) for translation

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

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).

How to apply

Application is done by filling 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.

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

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

Contact at the Swedish Institute

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