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Work for increased gender equality in the Riksdag continues

8 March 2021 klockan 15.48

The Riksdag Board’s gender equality working group is taking measures to increase knowledge and awareness of the significance of gender when it comes to power and influence. Today, on 8 March, a seminar is being held for members of the Riksdag on the subject of threats and hate on social media.

Gender equality work is led by the First Deputy Speaker Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party), right, and Second Deputy Speaker Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Left Party), left.

Gender equality work is led by the First Deputy Speaker Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party), right, and Second Deputy Speaker Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Left Party), left. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand

“Now just two years remain of the current electoral period, and we want to continue to focus on how we treat one another. Today, on 8 March, we are therefore holding a digital seminar, primarily for members of the Riksdag, on their exposure to threats and hate on social media”, says Åsa Lindestam (Social Democratic Party), First Deputy Speaker and Chair of the working group.

“In particular women MPs are affected to an increasing extent by threats and violations, primarily via social media. In general, women also feel that greater demands are placed on them and they are more worried about making mistakes”, continues Åsa Lindestam. 

Studies from the previous electoral period show that female and male members of the Riksdag feel that they have equal opportunities when it comes to exercising an influence and having political impact. However, the general feeling among young women as a group is that there are greater challenges. They feel that they are questioned to a greater extent, and that they are expected to be better informed than other groups.

Two studies, initiated by the gender equality working group, are currently being conducted at Uppsala University. In the first, which is due to be published later this spring, researchers will interview members of the Riksdag with leadership assignments about how they experience their leadership, and how this leadership is perceived by others. In the second study, which will start this autumn, the researchers will obtain further knowledge about the challenges connected with the balance between official duties as an MP and family responsibilities. 

“The way the MPs’ working week is organised affects the possibility to combine their duties in parliament with parenthood. A concrete example of something we in the gender equality working group have implemented so far is to reschedule the final vote of the week to earlier on Thursday afternoon, so that more members will be able to get home to their families at a reasonable hour in the evening”, says Lotta Johnsson Fornarve (Left Party), Second Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of the working group.

With just under two years left of the electoral period, the gender equality working group will also continue to work to achieve an equal gender distribution in various bodies and contexts.

“It is important that women know their own worth, that they are willing and want to say yes to assignments and feel that they are worth these assignments”, says Åsa Lindestam.

Read more about gender equality work in the Riksdag

For further information, please contact

Pernilla Eldblom, Press Secretary to the Speaker, telephone: +46 72 209 59 14, e-mail: pernilla.eldblom@riksdagen.se