Terhi Hakala

Finland celebrating 100 years of independence is an opportunity to highlight the fundamental role of equality in promoting peaceful, resilient and prosperous societies. Our young nation was the first country in the world to grant women full political rights, which has been important for the strengthening of our democracy, but also for achieving greater social and economic inclusion.

Equality is a fundamental right enshrined not only in our constitution, but also promoted e.g. through education and family, work and social policies. As a Gender Champion I underline the need for family and work life balance for both women and men. I also commit to continuing the dialogue with our partners on how to promote more inclusive working environments and ensure a gender perspective in activities and outcomes.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

Terhi Hakala,
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in Geneva