chapter  4
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What Does a Bath Towel Have to Do with Security Policy?

Gender Trouble in the Swedish Armed Forces
WithMaud Eduards

The ministers also claim that women are a resource in the work for peace and that equality between women and men is ‘crucial for the Swedish operations to produce results,’ that is, to contribute with freedom, security, democracy and welfare to the world (ibid.). It is a great responsibility put on Swedish women as soldiers and offi cers. They should help in creating a better world and let the name of Sweden gain honor around the globe, as expressed in the national hymn. Hence, the gender equality policy, in the sense of a more even balance between women and men, should contribute to combining Sweden’s national and global interests.