ILAC Executive Director Moderates Swedish MFA Panel on Women’s Rights

Workshop Sweden´s Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Stockholm, October 5, 2016: 

Sweden´s Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted a women’s rights workshop in Stockholm this week that ILAC’s Executive Director, Agneta Johansson, and Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva, Veronika Bard, co-moderated.

The meeting highlighted the promotion of the “enjoyment of women´s human rights and reform of national laws and practices which discriminate against women.”

Swedish foreign policy has a strong focus on women´s rights and was the first country to announce the pursuit of a feminist foreign policy.  Sweden´s broader foreign policy promotes gender equality as a prerequisite for reaching goals on peace, security and sustainable development.

Sweden has been recently elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2017–2018.


Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström.

Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Madam Fatou Bensouda.

Member of CEDAW Committee since 2009, Professor Niklas Bruun.

Director of Global Indicators and Analysis with the World Bank Group, Augusto Lopez-Carlos.

Legal professionals from China, India, Uganda and Sweden.