The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality – a massive manifestation for global gender equality

The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality organised by SI and the Swedish Mfa gathered around 600 participants representing experiences and expertise from more than 100 countries.

The Forum resulted in a massive manifestation for global gender equality – in order to join forces and take the next step in strengthening women’s and girls’ rights, representation and access to resources. It was hosted by Annika Rembe, our Director-General and Margot Wallström, Sweden’s minister for foreign affairs.

– I think we have the power to move mountains. To me, feminism and the strive for gender equality compound a modern view of global politics. Change is possible, necessary and long overdue”, said Margot Wallström in her concluding remarks.

 Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and human rights counsellor Colin Gonsalves were some of the 600 gender equality actors who participated in discussions on topics such as women´s economic empowerment, feminist policies and resilience.

The Forum made the headlines in national and international media and the hashtag #StockholmGenderForum trended in five countries.

Reports from each of the sessions as well as the compiled initiatives, commitments and best practices will shortly be presented on Our aim is for the gathered information to offer a platform of inspiration and a library of best practices, as well as continued networking possibilities.

The ambition from the organisers was to in some way follow up all the initiatives and ideas that have resulted from the Forum and in the concluding remarks Ouided Bouchamoui, Former President of Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicraft (UTICA) and Nobel Peace Laureate 2015 suggested a continuation of the Forum in Tunisia next year.