Sweden remains committed to SRHR as a prioritized area within development cooperation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SRHR is placed within the areas of gender equality, health, human rights and poverty reduction. In addition, the needs of SRHR within humanitarian settings have received greater focus.
Policies & funding
The Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy (2015-2018) points out that the Foreign Service will continue to be “a driving force for women´s sexual and reproductive health and rights, and devote special attention to the rights of girls and young people”.
Sweden has increased its overall support for SRH/FP in 2016, with an overall expenditure of €183 million in 2016, a 18% increase from 2015 disbursement levels. Sweden increased its contributions to UNFPA core and increasing earmarked multilateral funding for SRH/FP and SRH/FP organisations and initiatives and research.
In 2017, Swedish ODA to SRHR increased significantly, stimulated by the launch of SheDecides for which Sweden played a pivotal role - Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, co-organised the first SheDecides conference in Brussels in March.
The Swedish budget proposal for 2018 included the country's largest ODA ever, with an increase of 500 million SEK. This is partly a result of an increase of the Swedish ODA from 0.99% to 1% of the GDI as well as cost reductions related to refugees and asylum seekers. The proposed budget includes increased core support to a number of UN agencies working in humanitarian crises with a special focus on women, girls and SRHR.
The budget proposal for 2018 also included increased finances for humanitarian aid. Minister Lövin has stated that that a special focus will be placed on women’s and girl’s situation and SRHR.
Sweden has emphasised SRHR in international conferences and negotiations meetings such as SheDecides, CSW, CPD and the High Level Political Forum. Within the EU, Sweden is focused on enabling the EU to take a more progressive stance.
- Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015–2018 including focus areas for 2016
- Feminist foreign policy
- Sweden - Every Women Every Child Commitment
Updated January 2018
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