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The life expectancy of low-educated women is declining, the income gap between women and men is as large today as it was 25 years ago and girls' exposure to sexual harassment and abuse is increasing. These are some of the conclusions in the Swedish Women's Lobby and the CEDAW network's report on developments in terms of women's living conditions and gender equality policy.

The report is a shadow report on how Sweden lives up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Women, produced before the UN's 10th review of how Sweden lives up to the convention.

The report is also available in :


On Thursday (17 February) we joined with Malpuri (organization secretary of Kvinnolobbyn) and other friends from other women's associations to a wonderful meeting. We talked about the obstacles and solutions to the integration of migrant women into society and entering the business life.

After the meeting, we took a photo with the printed report of an examination of how Sweden complies with the CEDAW Convention.

This was extremely important to us as we are part of the CEDAW network and also behind the report with some valuable organizations. Because we contributed to this report as dozens of women's associations.

In this report we worked for the regulation of the Article 5. 'Stereotypical gender roles' and Article 9. 'Citizenship'.

Moreover, Hand in Hand for Women attended the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) meeting held in Geneva on October 21, 2019 and made a presentation on “The challenges that immigrant women face in their new countries of origin”. With this, it aimed to raise awareness in international platforms about the problems women face in the countries they migrated to and to improve the conditions.

Problems faced by immigrant women

- Participation in education and business life

-Participation and support in social life

were the topics that Hand in Hand for Women mentioned.

We are glad that our visit was instrumental in emphasizing such an important contract.

CEDAW is a key international human rights treaty aimed at the achievement of gender equality worldwide. It helps women around the world to bring about change in their daily life.

We are grateful to be a part of the CEDAW Network and it motivated us a lot for fighting for gender equality.

It is such an honour to do important things for women!

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