PODCAST: A Woman’s Place at Almedalen Week

"If you just have an organisation with white men, it's going to be very boring."

PODCAST: A Woman's Place at Almedalen Week
Photo: Christer Modig (top left), Agnes Björn (top right), Ann-Sofie Olsson (bottom right), Margareta Neld (bottom left)

So declares Christer Modig, VP Radio of Nordic Entertainment Group, during an interview with The Local's Sophie Miskiw at Almedalen Week 2018. Gender equality was a recurring theme throughout the week-long event which takes place annually in Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland.

This special episode includes a series of interviews with some of the people who are continually working to make sure Stockholm is, and remains, A Woman's Place.

Entrepreneur and investor Margareta Neld and public relations expert Ann-Sofie Olson are two of the three founders of Asynjor Invest, a platform which educates women in investing so they can gain more control over their capital. The pair discuss how the platform operates and explain why Stockholm is the perfect place to launch such a venture.

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Plan International is a charity that advances equality for girls around the world. Sophie speaks with Agnes Björn, acting program director at Plan International Sweden, to get a better idea of what the organisation is doing to support young girls in conflict zones.

If we learned one thing from the #MeToo campaign, it’s that for real change to happen men have a big role to play. Particularly men in senior positions who have the power to instigate that change. One seminar at this year's Almedalen Week discussed just this issue. 'Women say #MeToo, what do the men say?' was organised by cooperative housing federation HSB Göteborg and included speakers from companies such as Volvo, the Swedish police, and Chalmers University of Technology. Also on the stage was the CEO of HSB Göteborg Lars Göran Andersson who joined Sophie for a chat following the seminar.

Find out what makes Stockholm 'A Woman's Place'

Christer Modig is a veteran of MTG, Sweden’s leading international entertainment group, and spent over seven years as the CEO of MTG Radio. He found a few minutes during the busy week to explain to Sophie what MTG is doing to ensure the company is, and continues to be, a place where both men and women can work free from discrimination.

Read more about everything discussed in the podcast by clicking the links below:

The original music at the start and end of the podcast is called Lions and was composed by the all-female Stockholm-based band REIGN. Check them out on Instagram.

A Woman's Place is produced by The Local in partnership with Invest Stockholm.




Sweden and UK strike deal to get more artillery to Ukraine

Sweden on Thursday announced a deal to sell its Archer mobile cannon system to the United Kingdom, allowing London to donate its older AS90 artillery system to Ukraine.

Sweden and UK strike deal to get more artillery to Ukraine

The Swedish government said in a statement that the UK would purchase 14 Archer units.

Stockholm announced in January it would also be sending the Archer system directly to Ukraine without specifying an amount, and on Thursday it said it would send eight pieces.

The Swedish-developed Archer system is a fully-automated howitzer mounted on an all-terrain vehicle, which allows the gun to be remotely operated by the crew sitting in the armoured cab.

“Artillery such as the Archer, together with armoured vehicles and tanks, increases Ukraine’s defence capability and enables them to retake territory,” Swedish Defence Minister Pal Jonson said.

Britain said the 14 Archer systems would serve as “an interim replacement for the 32 AS90 artillery systems the UK gifted to the Armed Forces of Ukraine”.

London announced it was sending the AS90 to Ukraine in January. Sweden’s government said it had so far pledged 16.9 billion kronor ($1.6 billion) worth of military support for Ukraine.

In February, Sweden joined a slew of Western nations pledging heavier weapons for Ukraine, by promising “around 10” of its Leopard 2 A5 tanks, as well as the IRIS-T and HAWK anti-air missile systems.