Embassy of Finland grants local women’s organisation an equality award

Embassy of Finland grants local women’s organisation an equality award

Finland is presenting special recognition to individuals and groups around the globe who are committed to advancing inclusivity in society. Finland expresses its gratitude for contributions to equality with special recognition – a Hän honour.

Photo: Ambassador Backström presenting the Hän Honour to The Girls Leadership Network's Ritu Gupta Clementi, Asha Clementi and Imogen Brewer-De Nicola.

Finland aims to bring questions of equality to the fore of the international conversation. In 2017, the year Finland celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence; it promoted action around the world in the name of gender equality and launched the first International Gender Equality Prize. The prize will be awarded on the 2nd of December for the second time.

Starting from June 2019, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland launched a campaign to show gratitude for the valuable work that is being done around the world to advance equality in society. Throughout the year, Finland will be presenting special recognition to individuals and groups working towards an equal future.

To express its gratitude, Finland has presented special recognition – a Hän Honour to individuals and groups around the globe who are committed to advancing inclusivity in society during the year.

Equality forms a core value for Finland and its people, and the best symbol of Finnish equality is a personal pronoun from the Finnish language: hän. The third-person singular pronoun hän is neutral in terms of gender and social status, so it represents equal opportunity. It is “she” and “he,” all at once, and it has always existed in the Finnish language. To promote inclusivity and equality, Finland wants to introduce this word – and the thinking behind it – to the rest of the world.

The Embassy of Finland in Canberra granted this special recognition to The Girls Leadership Network, a local women’s organization working to empower young women in Canberra. The Girls Leadership Network aims to inspire girls to dream, believe, achieve and reach their leadership potential.

For three years, the Embassy of Finland in Canberra has collaborated with the network to create the Girls Run the World program that allows young women to experience work in diplomacy and public service.

The Hän honour was awarded to The Girls Leadership Network by His Excellency Lars Backström at a Girls Run the World reception, held at the Embassy of Finland. The Embassy of Finland is grateful for the cooperation with the network and wishes to continue it in the future.

Among other recipients of the recognition are individuals and groups from Singapore, Croatia, Namibia, Norway, Indonesia and Japan. They represent a range of fields, including education, minority rights and gender equality. The full list of the first recipients and more information about why they were selected is available at: https://finland.fi/han/#Han_honours.

More information:

Campaign website: www.finland.fi/hän 

List of Hän Honours recipients: https://finland.fi/han/#Han_honours

International Gender Equality Prize: https://genderequalityprize.fi/en/frontpage

International Gender Equality Prize Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalGenderEqualityPrize/

The Girls Leadership Network: http://thegirlsleadershipnetwork.org/

Media contact and interview requests:

Sisko Peltonen-Sirén

Second Secretary (Public Diplomacy and Administrative Services)

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