United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Margot Wallström of Sweden is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. In this capacity, she serves as Chair of the inter-agency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action).
Ms. Wallström has been an advocate of the rights and needs of women throughout her political career — first as Minister in the Swedish Government and later as Environment Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission.
She was also co-founder of the European Union inter-institutional group of women and a key supporter of the 50-50 Campaign for Democracy by the European Women’s Lobby, where she worked to promote a more gender-balanced EU.
During her tenure at the European Commission, from 1999 to 2010, she was actively engaged in promoting the participation of women in peace and security-related issues, and calling for action to address the injustice and violence faced by women during armed conflict. Since 2007, she has served as Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders Ministerial Initiative, where she actively promoted the appointment of women to positions of responsibility. Ms. Wallström has long played a leadership role in raising awareness about the urgent need to implement United Nations Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008).