OECD Forum Series 2021 - Building a gender-equal recovery


Eva Lindh

Member of Parliament


‒ Member of the Swedish Parliament, regular member, 2018 ‒ Committee on Finance, 2018 ‒ Alternate member of the Swedish Parliament, 18 months between 2015–17 ‒ Municipal councillor, Linköping, 2010–2017 ‒ Social worker, 1995–2010 and 2017-2018 In the February 2021 OECD Gender Parliamentary Network meeting, Ms. Lindh highlighted that crises tend to worsen pre-existing inequalities, with COVID-19 having a massive and yet uneven impact across society. Women have weaker safety nets and face greater income insecurity and risk of unemployment. Ms. Lindh advocates for the inclusion of a gender lens on all policy issues and, in parliamentary discussions, she finds that reports without gender analysis or decisions without gender evaluation can no longer be regarded acceptable. This will also help turn the current crisis into an opportunity to increase female labour in the market and build a stronger, more inclusive economy. In the context of the 2021 Commission on the Status of Women “Building back better: Women’s participation and leadership in COVID-19 response and recovery”, Märta Stenevi, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden, said she is a proud member of the Swedish feminist Government, which ensures that a gender equality perspective is central to all its ministries and priorities. Noting that all people, including non-binary people, must have the power to shape society and their own lives, she stressed that human rights are universal and apply to all. Everyone must be able to fully enjoy their human rights irrespective of sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.