Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Mar 8, 2022

Swedish foreign minister: Women, girls disproportionately affected by conflict

By Katherine Walla

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde spoke at the Atlantic Council on International Women’s Day about supporting Ukrainian women and girls and advocating for feminist foreign policy globally.

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The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted a virtual public conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, H.E. Ann Linde, on “International Women’s Day 2022: Mainstreaming gender in security,” on March 8, 2022.

Today, strategic competition is being realized as Russia wages war against Ukraine alongside the continued challenge of China, raising larger questions of how Western democracies operate in this new geopolitical era. Ongoing transnational threats like climate change and persistent instability in places like the Sahel, as well as the renewed Taliban capture of Afghanistan, bring the gendered consequences of security to the forefront now more than ever. Integrating gender into Western democracies’ foreign and security policy is not only a moral imperative, but a strategic one.

On International Women’s Day, Minister Linde discussed how to mainstream a gender perspective across all areas of foreign and security policy given her experience implementing Sweden’s feminist foreign policy. She shared her perspective on why gender is an essential facet of international security and what actions need to be taken to transform the foreign policy debate, redefine an inclusive rules-based world order, and empower people of all genders. The conversation also addressed how Minister Linde recommends addressing gender in security policy in the face of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The theme for 2022 International Women’s Day is how we can #BreakTheBias of gender stereotypes. Minister Linde addressed how to change perceptions of gender as a “soft” issue in “hard” areas like international security and also took questions from the audience.

The Scowcroft Center presented this live event as part of the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders and championing constructive solutions to global challenges.

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A conversation with

H.E. Ann Linde

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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