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Prime Minister Marin to Paris

Government Communications Department
29.6.2021 21.54
Press release 422/2021

On Wednesday 30 June, Prime Minister Sanna Marin will attend a high-level forum in Paris hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, Mexico and the United Nations. The Generation Equality Forum is an international gathering to highlight the campaign for advancing global gender equality. 

The Generation Equality Forum will be held under stringent coronavirus restrictions. The participants include around a dozen heads of state or government, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other leaders of international institutions, representatives of civil society organisations, and business leaders.
 
During the event, Finland and other Generation Equality participants will publish their own commitments for achieving jointly agreed equality goals.
 
The Generation Equality campaign is made up of six Action Coalitions that promote equality through concrete programmes of action. The programmes are to be implemented over the next five years in cooperation between governments, businesses, civil society and youth organisations. 
 
Finland has a lead role in the campaign’s Action Coalition on technology and innovation for gender equality. The programmes of the other Action Coalitions focus on issues concerning gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, economic justice, climate change and women's leadership. 
 
Important to Finland are the elimination of gender-based online violence and the creation of safe and secure online environments. The main objectives of Finland and the global campaign also include encouraging girls and women to make use of technology and to seek work in the technology sector. Education has a key role to play in the development of technologies that reflect equality. 
 
Finland’s participation in the campaign also extends beyond its lead role, as Finland is committed to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in concrete terms, among other things. Women's and girls' rights and gender equality are essential elements in Finland's international activities and its campaign to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2022–2024. 
 
Inquiries: Lauri Voionmaa, Special Adviser (International Affairs), tel. +358 295 160 306 and Pirita Ruokonen, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 160 091, Prime Minister's Office