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Minister Saarikko to attend the session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Ministry for Foreign AffairsMinistry of Social Affairs and Health 12.3.2018 11.11
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Minister Saarikko to attend the session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held in New York from 12 to 23 March.

The priority theme is the empowerment of rural women and girls. The review theme is women’s participation in and access to the media and information and communications technologies. Finland’s priorities at the meeting are the political participation of women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and equal access to basic services. Work should also be done to promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities and the rights of indigenous peoples.

The Finnish delegation, headed by Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Annika Saarikko, is composed of members of parliament, civil servants from various ministers and representatives of civil society organisations. Besides delivering Finland’s national statement in the session, Minister Saarikko will participate in joint Nordic and EU events and meet UN leaders and other ministers responsible for equality issues.

She will speak at a side event organised by Finland on combatting sexist hate speech on the internet.

“Sexist hate speech online affects the equal political participation of women. This is why we must combat hate speech, as well as all kinds of violence against women”, Minister Saarikko says.

Session website: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018.

Twitter: #FinlandCSW, #CSW62, #nordicequality

Inquiries:

Riikka Pirkkalainen, Special Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 40 539 5090

Hanna Onwen-Huma, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 233

Sofie Sandström, Desk Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 351 995