Sweden’s Foreign Minister Has No Time for Giggles

2015 Global Thinker Margot Wallström explains how she took on critics of her “feminist foreign policy"—and why gender equality is a matter of national security.


In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, Margot Wallström, the Swedish minister for foreign affairs, talks with FP Voice Lauren Wolfe about sexual violence in conflict zones, why Gandhi still matters in global affairs, and how to empower women to be agents of change. FP Story Editor Amanda Silverman hosts.

 About the participants:

Margot Wallström is a 2015 Global Thinker. She is currently serving as the Swedish minister for foreign affairs; since taking the position in 2014, she’s pushed an agenda focused on human rights, specifically championing a “feminist foreign policy”—which has ruffled some feathers at home and abroad. She is a former U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict and a former European Union commissioner. Follow her on Twitter: @margotwallstrom.

Lauren Wolfe is a writer and FP Voice who has covered humanitarian crises—from Syria to Congo to Rwanda—with a particular focus on women and victims of abuse. Follow her on Twitter: @Wolfe321.

Amanda Silverman is a story editor for print at FP. Follow her on Twitter: @apsilverman.

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