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.
In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organizations in Geneva, encourage organizations to: 1) Attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, 2) Integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) Put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.
Promote work-family life balance through: 1) Early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and 2) Avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.