The aim of gender equality policy is to promote equality between men and women

Equality between men and women is promoted and implemented with measures which, put together, constitute the Finnish gender equality policy.

Equality between women and men requires active promotion and the elimination of gender-based discrimination, also in cases where it is linked to other forms of discrimination, such as age or ethnicity.

The priorities of gender equality policy are based on the Act on Equality between Women and Men (Equality Act), the 2010 Government Report on Gender Equality, and Government guidelines. Work is carried out in all ministries and it is coordinated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Government Action Plan for Gender Equality

The government is committed to promoting gender equality in all its decision-making.

The Government Action Plan for Gender Equality collates the most important measures by which the government promotes equality between women and men and combats gender-based discrimination. The previous government Action Plan was published in 2016. 

The preparations for the Government Action Plan for Gender Equality of the Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Government have begun. It should be completed in early 2020. Non-governmental organisations, researchers and other stakeholders will be consulted in the process.

Government Report on Equality between Women and Men

In 2010, the Government adopted a report on equality between women and men. The guidelines issued in the report extend until the year 2020.

Parliament requires that the Government submit to Parliament it next report on equality between men and women by the end of 2021 and an interim report on the implementation of the current report by the end of 2016 at the latest.

Background reports

Background reports for the preparation of the government report include (only in Finnish):

Lisätietoja

Päivi Yli-Pietilä, neuvotteleva virkamies 
sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö, Työ- ja tasa-arvo-osasto / TTO, Tasa-arvoyksikkö / TASY 0295163228  


Annamari Asikainen, erityisasiantuntija 
sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö, Työ- ja tasa-arvo-osasto / TTO, Tasa-arvoyksikkö / TASY 0295163232