Åsa Regnér
Gender Equality Minister Åsa Regnér presented the strategy. Credit: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Gender equality plan sets sights on ending violence against women

The government has targeted violence against women in its gender equality strategy presented on Wednesday.

Gender Equality Minister Åsa Regnér, who presented the government’s aims at a news conference, also called for an action plan to combat unequal pay.

The strategy to tackle violence against women lasts a decade, with SEK 900m being used for various measures in the first four years.

That includes increased effort to stop honour violence and the oppression of females of all ages.

“We will do a mapping of honour related violence in Sweden,” Regnér said. “It has not been done since 2009 and that suggests that we need a new one.”

Tougher punishments for those found guilty of committing honour related crimes against women was also part of the stategy.

That has been met with a positive response by the Swedish Bar Association, whose General Secretary Anne Ramberg told TT news agency it was good the issue was being investigated.

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