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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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Event description

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security for 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 Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. EST / 3:00pm CET via Zoom.

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 will discuss how to mainstream a gender perspective across all areas of foreign and security policy given her experience implementing Sweden’s feminist foreign policy. Join us to hear 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 will also address how Minister Linde recommends addressing gender in security policy in the face of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is how we can #BreakTheBias of gender stereotypes. Minister Linde will address how to change perceptions of gender as a “soft” issue in “hard” areas like international security and also take questions from the audience, so be sure to tune in and join the conversation with #ACFrontPage and #IWD2022.

The Scowcroft Center is pleased to present 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.

Register now by clicking on the Register button below. We hope you can join us for this critical and timely discussion taking place on Zoom and livestreamed to YouTube and social media.

An #ACFrontPage event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a virtual event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s fifteen Programs and Centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming each week.

A conversation with

H.E. Ann Linde

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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