Gender mainstreaming in Finland aims to ensure that gender perspectives are included in all areas of decision-making. The authorities must ascertain in advance what the gender impact is of activities and decisions, prevent direct and indirect discrimination, actively promote gender equality.
The Equality Act and the Government Action Plan for Gender Equality entrust the authorities with planning their own initiatives for gender mainstreaming. All ministries have set up equality working groups gender mainstreaming plans.
Finnish guidelines for drafting legislation stipulate that gender impacts are assessed in law drafting. The guidelines of the Ministry of Finance for drawing up budget proposals include a request to present a summary of activities with significant gender impact.
The Gender Equality Unit of the MSAH provides support for gender mainstreaming in the public administration.