The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality

The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality

17. 4. 2018

The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality was held on 15–17 April 2018 and gathered more than 700 participants from over 100 countries. The event brings together key representatives from civil society organizations, government, business, and academia. As part of international activities of Czech Women's Lobby a chairwoman of CWL Jana Smiggels Kavková attended the conference.

The discussions covered a broad range of areas and focused on concrete methods and tools to enhance gender equality and the full enjoyment of rights, representation and resources for all women and girls. The aim was to find solutions, take new initiatives, and strengthen co-operation in the international fight for gender equality.




  • A unique Forum constituting a global and vibrant manifestation and mobilisation for gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights by all women and girls.
  • A powerhouse of inspiration co-created by, and further invigorating, a multitude of gender champions from all over the world.
  • Možnost neustálého sdílení zkušeností a dobré praxe v rámci i napříč jednotlivými sektory, politickými oblastmi a regiony.
  • A total of 29 interactive seminars and roundtable discussions that were co-organised with participants and – thus – contributed to substance, methods and partnerships.
  • A platform for non-stop sharing of experiences and best practices, both within and across sectors, policy areas and regions.
  • A wealth of new and further developed initiatives, commitments and partnerships focused on areas such as creating awareness, legislative change and capacity building, involving countries from all over the world.
  • A number of launches of new tools, such as a ‘Women, Business and the Law’ report from the World Bank Group.
  • A Call to Action to counter the shrinking space and to increase support for women human rights defenders, drafted and presented by the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation with partners and other women’s rights activists.
  • A broad communicative reach. During the week of the Forum alone the hashtag #GenderEqlWorld reached almost 3 million people.
  • A wide range of articles and news broadcasts in traditional media around the globe.
  • A distinct contribution and push for the efforts to implement the SDGs as well as CEDAW and other relevant conventions, resolutions and agreements.



Next Steps:

  • Tunisia will host the conference Tunis Forum on Gender Equality in 2019.
  • Participants are pursuing a number of other initiatives linked to and/or inspired
    by the Forum.They can continue to register initiatives, commitments and partnerships resulting from or connected to the Forum on the Forum website.
  • The Swedish Institute will post documentation from all the seminars and roundtables on the website. Together with other outcomes of the Forum, the
    documentation will serve as a library of best practices and a platform for continued networking.
  • Sweden commits to implementing the 2018 action plan for feminist foreign policy and launching a handbook on how to conduct a feminist foreign policy.
    Sida will operationalise the new global development cooperation strategy for
    gender equality.
  • Sweden will present the documentation and results of the Forum to UN Women, as well as cooperate with UN Women and other partners on following up the Forum, including by disseminating and drawing on the best practices and experiences shared.
  • Sweden will continue the dialogue with partners interested in arranging events inspired by and following up the Forum.

Streams from the conference


For reports from the seminars click here

The host's summary from the conference and Thank you letter for a chairwoman of Czech Women's Lobby you can find in attachment. 

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