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Between 3 October 2014 and 8 March 2018 she was Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

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Between 3 October 2014 and 8 March 2018 she was Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

A feminist government ensures that decisions increase gender equality

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Below are a selection of the reforms and proposals that will contribute to increased gender equality presented in the Budget Bill for 2016 and the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill for 2015.

Boards of listed companies – at least 40 per cent representation for each sex

The Government aims for the boards of listed companies to have at least 40 per cent representation for each sex by the end of 2016. If this aim is not achieved, the Government will propose legislation on quotas.

Swedish Public Employment Service activities to promote gender equality     

One clear expression of the lack of gender equality is the persistently large income disparities between men and women. One reason for this is gender segregation in the labour market. The education and labour market authorities have an important task in promoting work in professions outside traditional gender roles. The Swedish Public Employment Service has therefore been assigned the task of tailoring its activities to promote gender equality and combat gender divisions in the labour market.

Third reserved month of parental insurance for each parent

The Government has submitted a proposal to the Riksdag on the introduction of a third reserved month of parental insurance for each parent. Currently, two months of parental insurance are earmarked for each parent, and cannot be used by the other parent. The Government wants parental benefit days to be shared in a more gender-equal way.

Parental insurance better tailored to modern family life

The Government intends to appoint an inquiry to review the parental insurance system as a whole. The Government wants a parental insurance system that contributes to gender-equal parenting and good conditions for all children to grow up in. The parental insurance system must be better tailored to the modern labour market and its requirements, and to modern family life. Parental insurance must also be designed to be effective regardless of the form a family takes, and the Government therefore wants the upcoming review to investigate the possibilities to make it easier for non-nuclear families to use parental insurance.

Higher basic level of parental benefit

Single parents, particularly women, often have weaker finances than parents who live together. The Government has therefore raised the national maintenance support that is paid to single parents who do not receive child support from the other parent. The Government also proposes to raise the basic level of parental benefit, which would mean a higher amount of parental benefit for people on very low or no incomes.

Expertise in elderly care and care for people with impairments

The Government is investing in increased staffing in elderly care, and expertise in care of the elderly and of people with impairments. A gender equality perspective is to be integrated into these initiatives, not least in needs assessments, where particular attention is to be paid to differences between women and men. When it comes to resources and interventions, everyone – regardless of sex or gender identity – must be treated equally, based on their needs.

Basic income tax allowance for pensioners leads to tax reduction

The increased basic income tax allowance for pensioners will lead to a tax reduction for both women and men. More women than men have low pensions and, on average, women also live longer than men. The proposal will therefore benefit women more than men and will consequently help reduce economic differences between men and women.

Women’s health

The Government is prioritising initiatives for women’s health. In the 2015 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government announced investments in maternity care and women’s health. The Government is now proposing further reinforcement in this area through a targeted primary care initiative on women’s health. The Government also proposes that mammography screening be offered regularly and free of charge to women aged between 40 and 74 to increase coverage, particularly among socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. To safeguard young women’s right to their own sexuality without unwanted pregnancies, the Government also proposes that contraception that comes under the pharmaceutical reimbursement system be offered free of charge to people under the age of 21.

Funding for non-profit women’s and girls’ refuges

Preventing and combating men’s violence against women is a top priority for this Government. The Spring Fiscal Policy Bill therefore announced funding for non-profit women’s and girls’ refuges. The initiative, which has begun in 2015, will receive SEK 100 million annually from 2016.

Reforms in the Budget Bill for 2016 that contribute to greater gender equality

SEK millions, public finance impact

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

Perm

Training initiative in care services

200

 

 

 

 

Increased basic level of parental benefit

261

283

286

270

270

Women’s health

130

130

130

130

 

Free mammograms

100

207

207

207

207

Free contraception

3

27

27

27

27

Raised child maintenance element of national standard

181

181

181

181

181

 

Reforms in the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill for 2015 that contribute to greater gender equality

SEK millions, public finance impact

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

Perm

Increased staffing levels in elderly care

2000

2000

2000

 

 

Maternity care and women’s health

400

400

400

400

 

Increased support to women’s refuges

100

100

100

100

 

Higher maintenance support

624

629

625

625

625

 

Impact of the Government’s reforms on individual incomes

  • Together, the tax and transfer changes proposed in the Budget Bill for 2016 will help to strengthen economic equality.
  • The increase in the child element of income support in this bill will increase income more for women than for men, as it is more common for women to be single parents.
  • The increase in the basic level of parental benefit is another reform that mainly benefits women, as women claim more days of benefit at this level.
  • The increased basic income tax allowance for pensioners leads to a tax reduction for both women and men. More women than men have low pensions and, on average, women also live longer than men. The proposal will therefore benefit women more than men and will consequently help reduce economic differences between men and women.
  • Among the budget consolidation measures, the gradual reduction of the earned income tax credit and no upward adjustment of the lower threshold for levying state income tax have a greater impact on men’s incomes than on women’s. This is because more men have an income above the threshold for state income tax and the threshold where the gradual reduction of the earned income tax credit begins. More men than women are therefore affected by the proposals, and on average, the men who are affected will also have a higher tax increase.
  • The proposed restrictions of tax-subsidised deductions for various kinds of work carried out in the home, e.g. repairs, maintenance and remodelling, and household services, will reduce the disposable incomes of both women and men. On average, men claim deductions for larger amounts, which means that the impact on men will be greater.

 

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 8 March 2018 she was Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

Ministers on this page who have left the Government

Between 3 October 2014 and 8 March 2018 she was Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.