President – the highest position for a woman in Finland
Tarja Halonen was Finland’s first female president 2000-2012. She acceded office on 1 March 2000, and was re-elected in 2006. Halonen has paid close attention to the issues of human rights, democracy, civil society and gender equality. Issues concerning social justice and the promotion of equality have also been central themes throughout her political career.
PISA 2015: Finnish youth among the best in collaborative problem solving
Young people in Finland ranked in fifth place among the OECD countries that took part in the OECD’s PISA 2015 assessment on collaborative problem solving and in seventh place among all the countries and economies that participated in the assessment.
Finland is known as a reliable defender of gender equality across the world
Improving the position and rights of girls and women is among the key goals of Finland’s development policy. Already in 70´s Helvi Sipilä was an inspirational leader with a strong commitment to gender equality while Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations.
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