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The City of Tampere celebrates gender equality

Published 10.3.2017 9.42

To support discussion on equality and to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence, the Finnish Government will establish an international prize for gender equality. The launch of the prize was made by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä at the equality festival at Tampere Hall in Tampere, Finland, on International Women's Day March 8th.

Kuva: Juha Sipilä tasa-arvojuhlassa Tampere-talossa 8.3.2017

In autumn 2017 the Finnish Government will be the first government to give out an international award for gender equality. The purpose of the International Gender Equality Prize is to promote discussion about equality in a global context. The prize will be awarded to a person or actor who has promoted gender equality in an internationally recognised way. It will be awarded in cooperation with the City of Tampere.

-In Tampere women have been and are working equally beside men as entrepreneurs, teachers and influencers. In 1905 a crowd of 40,000 people gathered at the Tampere central square demanding equal voting rights, and the next year they were granted. Already in 1840 Tampere had a school with both boys and girls. Women started the Varala school in 1909 in Tampere to promote the wellbeing of women and families. In the future Tampere will continue to be a city where everyone can be themselves, and can participate in social discussions and development of the city, says Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, the Mayor of Tampere.

The prize, awarded every second year, was established by the Government of Finland as part of Finland’s centenary celebrations. This year’s prize amounts to EUR 150,000 and is being financed from development cooperation appropriations. The winner nominates a concrete target as a recipient of the monetary award that works in order to strengthen the position of women. The recipient of the prize will be nominated by a competition jury appointed by the Prime Minister's Office. This year the composition of the jury is: Paulina Ahokas, chair and Managing Director of Tampere Hall and director of WOW Finland, Pekka Timonen, General Secretary for the Centenary and Rosa Meriläinen, author and researcher.

The public, both in Finland and abroad, are welcome to propose candidates for the prize for the competition jury to consider. The address for proposals will be announced on Minna Canth Day on 19 March 2017.

- The countries in which women contribute to society, are economically, socially, ecologically the most sustainable countries in the world. Gender equality and women participating in decision making are the solution to the problems of the world. Finland has a special role in international community: we were the first country to give full political rights for women. I am very proud my country is promoting gender equality. The gender equality is now more important than ever, says Paulina Ahokas, Managing Director of Tampere Hall.

The equality festival on International Women's Day was arranged by The Prime Minister’s Office, The Finland 100 Secretariat, The City of Tampere, Tampere Hall, WOW Finland, WOW Global and the project ISOT (the importance of being yourself).

More information

Tampere Hall:
Managing Director Paulina Ahokas,
+358 40 5511 551

The City of Tampere:
Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen
+358 400 780866 (secretary Ritva Vakkuri)

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