London, 11 February 2022 (TDI): Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde visited London to address a serious situation on the European security order and issues of strengthening relationships in many respected areas of interest.

During her visit to the UK, Sweden’s Foreign Minister will highlight and discuss the issues related to disarmament, equality, democracy diplomatic relationships, and other issues of common interests for the region at large.

Sweden has always promoted a world free of weapons and it has always been their major objective to reduce rather, eliminate the weapons of mass destruction. In this connection, they signed (NPT) the Non-proliferation Treaty for a coalition agenda to bifurcate their strategies between the nuclear weapons state and non-nuclear weapons states.

In February 2020 16 countries came together in Stockholm to initiate the nuclear disarmament goals of the NPT. The global security situation continues to deteriorate in disarmament resulting in increased polarization.

Besides the issue of disarmament, Sweden has always solicited and advocated gender equality which is also a point to ponder for Swedish Foreign Minister. Sweden has always promoted verbally and practically the importance of men and women shaping the society with the same power and acceptance without discrimination to shape their lives.

Moreover, Sweden has been championing gender equality for centuries and government is adamant to achieve its goals through policies that could reduce or minimize inequality and stereotypical roles.

In 1842, girls were allowed to be educated in schools that were for boys only. In 1919 women get full voting rights in a movement by Suffragist Elin Wagner. Reforms would continue throughout the 20th century with the legalization of birth control and abortions in 1938, legislation was passed for a three-month mandatory paid maternity leave in 1955, and the abolition of joint taxes in 1971.

Most recently, the Swedish government outlawed gender discrimination in the workplace in 1980. Despite these reforms, the gender wage gap still persists like many other developed countries.

From an anthropological perspective, it views gender around the cultural norms and practices play a major role in it which could be considered as a paradox to the entire situation. Sweden is formally a monarchy with a monarch holding symbolic powers.

Sweden adheres to its democratic virtues and a parliamentary monarchy with free and fair elections and multi-party systems. Civil liberties and political rights are legally granted and shine in practice.