Sweden has long actively worked with and pushed for issues related to gender equality and women’s rights, both nationally and globally. For the past five years, Sweden has also pursued a feminist foreign policy. This does not mean that Sweden is spared from gender equality challenges or destructive norms as regards masculinity.
In the wake of a public discussion about abuse in 2016, the organisation Make Equal launched an initiative in Sweden where men got together to talk about their feelings, friendship, relationships, sex, male roles, and about their responsibilities. The initiative became a big success with huge national media attention. But the concept also proved valuable far beyond Sweden’s borders.
With an exhibition, conversation guides, training for conversation leaders, introductory videos, press material and posts for social media, the Swedish Institute together with Make Equal have developed a complete package to initiate #globalguytalk internationally.