Pirkko Hämäläinen
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Finland to the International Organisations in Vienna
Pirkko Hämäläinen

“Finland was the first country in the world to grant women full political rights. Therefore, it is natural for our nation to promote gender equality extensively in the foreign and security policy. As a Gender Champion I emphasise the realization of equality not only in formal legislation but also in every day practices. Concrete policies in families, schools and working places play a crucial role in actualizing gender equality.  I am fully committed to promote work and life balance in my working environment and to actively advocate for true gender equality in various institutions.”

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

I will work to prevent sexual harassment in the work environment by committing to a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment, and by facilitating and engaging in a continuous and open dialogue with employees about sexual harassment.
I will promote gender inclusivity in programmes, projects and policies in Vienna Based Organisations by promoting gender transformative or gender neutral language, including in all statements delivered on behalf of Finland, as well as promote women’s empowerment and increase the meaningful and equal participation of women by focusing on nominating and facilitating the participation of women representatives and experts, including gender experts, in meetings, panels, and side events at the Vienna Based Organisations.