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“Without women participating fully, enjoying fully human rights, I don’t think democracy will thrive.”

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Ms. Margot Wallström is a Swedish politician from the Social Democratic Party with a long career at national, European and international level. She served as Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2014 – 2019. Ms. Wallström was appointed the first United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict from 2010 to 2012. She worked as Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy from 2004 to 2010 and European Commissioner for the Environment from 1999 to 2004.

From 1988 she held several cabinet posts, first as Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs, Minister of Culture and also Minister of Social Affairs, an assignment she left after the 1998 election.

She was the CEO of a regional TV network in Värmland, Sweden from 1993 to1994. Before taking up her appointment as EU Commissioner she was the executive vice-president of Worldview Global Media in Colombo, Sri Lanka.