Preparations for government action plan for gender equality have begun

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 22.11.2019 12.14 | Published in English on 22.11.2019 at 14.34
Press release 144/2019

Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s Government aims to improve gender equality in society and make Finland a leading country in gender equality. Preparing a broadly based action plan for gender equality and creating a monitoring system covering all state administrative sectors are among the means to achieve these objectives, according to the Government Action Plan.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has already started the preparations for the Government Action Plan for Gender Equality. It should be completed in early 2020. Non-governmental organisations, researchers and other stakeholders will be consulted in the process.

The work will be coordinated by an informal working group of state secretaries under the leadership of Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist. The working group met for the first time on Friday 22 November 2019.

“The Government’s goal is to raise Finland into a leading country in gender equality. The Action Plan for Gender Equality will serve as a central, concrete tool for achieving this. We need cross-sectoral cooperation and interaction with different sectors of society to promote gender equality. That is why different sectors will be key contributors to the action plan,” says Minister Blomqvist.

Action Plan for Gender Equality

The Action Plan for Gender Equality will collate the objectives and measures by which Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s Government aims to promote equality between women and men. It is a tool for coordinating the Government’s gender equality policy by measures taken by all ministries.

The working group, chaired by Minister Blomqvist, includes Special Adviser Anna Abrahamsson, State Secretary Tuomo Puumala, State Secretary Johanna Sumuvuori, State Secretary Minna Kelhä (as deputy, State Secretary Saila Ruuth), State Secretary Pilvi Torsti, Director-General Raimo Antila, Director Tanja Auvinen, and Senior Ministerial Adviser on Gender Equality Riitta Martikainen.

Inquiries

Anna Abrahamsson, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 150 029, [email protected]
Silja Borgarsdóttir Sandelin, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 150 116, [email protected]
Tanja Auvinen, Director, Gender Equality Unit, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 715, [email protected]
Riitta Martikainen, Senior Ministerial Adviser on Gender Equality, Gender Equality Unit, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 548, [email protected]