Parenting – an equal opportunity

Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce parental leave for both mothers and fathers in 1974, and today parents are offered 480 days of parental leave. The Swedish Institute wants to highlight the effects that Sweden’s parental policy has on gender equality.

Parental leave means that women in Sweden don’t have to choose between a career and a family. For fathers, it means an opportunity to experience a closer bond with their children through shared responsibilities. Progress, certainly, but fathers still only use 30 per cent of all parental leave days, so there’s more work to do.

This toolkit, Parenting – an equal opportunity, comprises a photo exhibition, including a video, and social media materials.

For this exhibition, documentary photographer Elin Berge has portrayed and interviewed parents in Sweden who strive to live equal lives. Berge’s 23 photos offer an insight into the endeavour of these parents to move beyond deeply rooted conceptions of gender roles and expectations towards a more equal partnership.

Building blocks

Exhibition material

Exhibition overview – both for wall-mounted and in exhibition modules (English, pdf)
Exhibition texts for translation: introduction and captions (English, pdf and Word, MediaFlow)
Exhibition video for loop on screen – not for social media (22 min 17 sec)
To obtain high resolution print files and exhibition video – email the Swedish Institute contatct person Ulrika Rosvall.

Communication material

Social media video (Vimeo, mp4, English and clean version, SRF-files for local translations)
Social media images (English and no text, jpg)

Invitation card template (English, pptx)
Poster for marketing the exhibition (English, pptx)
Postcard – giveaway, including QR code for video (English, low-resolution pdf)
Press release – suggested texts (COMING SOON, English, Word)
Download from MediaFlow

Press images (as part of the toolkit exhibition only)

To obtain high resolution print files for press images and templates for postcards – email the Swedish Institute contatct person Ulrika Rosvall.

Inspirational stories

Get inspired by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and their use of the material. The exhibition was inaugurated by the ambassador at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre in June 2022 launching a Paterinty Leave Pledge project with partner organisations of the embassy.

Financial support

Applications for projects in April to December 2023

Due to the extraordinarily high number of toolkit applications, and a limited budget, we are unable to grant any further financial support for toolkits in 2023 with the exception of toolkit applications with following purposes:

– Higher education promotion
– Sweden alumni relations
– Sweden 500 celebrations (maximum of 5 000 SEK)
– The Nobel Prize (a limited numer of applications)
You can of course also use all material on but without funding from us.

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.

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.

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.