"Isn't it time that we try women in decision making and trying to make peace? Because men have really failed."
Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström is no ordinary politician. Throughout her 30+ year career, she has served as the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict; European Commissioner for the Environment; and as Sweden's own Deputy Prime Minister.
She's also the woman responsible for Sweden's world-famous 'feminist foreign policy' which places gender equality at the core of Swedish foreign policy.
In this episode of A Woman's Place, host Samanda Ekman hands over to The Local's Commercial Editor Sophie Miskiw who joined Margot at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. The pair got down to the nitty gritty of what it means to have a 'feminist foreign policy', what women can do if they experience abuse, and whether Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is guilty of 'mansplaining'.
Read more about everything Margot and Sophie discuss by clicking the links below:
- A Woman's Place
- Sweden's feminist foreign policy
- The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality
- Sweden gives a copy of We Should All Be Feminists to every 16-year-old
- Domestic violence and abuse
- United Nations
- European Commission
- #MeToo movement
The wonderful music at the start and end of the podcast is called Lions and was composed by the all-female Stockholm-based band REIGN. Check them out on Instagram.
A Woman's Place is produced by The Local in partnership with Invest Stockholm.