Promoting Gender Equality in Democracy: Featuring Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde

Wednesday, September 29
9:30AM-10:30AM EDT
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Protecting and promoting women in democracy is a global imperative. Research shows that gender equality and democracy are mutually reinforcing; women’s political participation results in greater responsiveness to citizen needs and a marked increase in civil rights and political liberties. However, significant challenges remain, and as democracy comes under attack around the world, so too does gender equality.


U.S. and Swedish foreign policy leaders discussed the links between gender equality and democracy, shared efforts to implement whole-of-government responses, and strategized the way forward to advance gains for all.


H.E. Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

Ms. Jennifer Klein, Co-Chair and Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council

Mr. Rob Berschinski, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Democracy and Human Rights, National Security Council

Moderated by Amb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Co-sponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Embassy of Sweden.