Finland expresses its gratitude for contributions to equality with special recognition – Chizuko Ueno from Japan among the first recipients

Finland expresses its gratitude for contributions to equality with special recognition – Chizuko Ueno from Japan among the first recipients

Finland places great significance on promoting equality in the world, and wishes to thank those who are working towards this common goal. To express its gratitude, Finland will be presenting special recognition to individuals and groups around the globe who are committed to advancing inclusivity in society. The names of the first recipients from 16 countries are released today, with one of the honours going to Chizuko Ueno, sociologist and Chairperson of Women’s Action Network in Japan.

Equality is a core value for Finland and its people. To highlight the importance of equality and to show gratitude for the valuable work that is being done to advance equality in society, Finland will be presenting special recognition to individuals and groups around the world. Finland aims to encourage conversation about equality and promote initiatives for a more inclusive society.

Chizuko Ueno is a pioneer in feminism and gender issues who has tirelessly and fearlessly addressed controversial issues such as gender discrimination and sexual violence, and provoked debate to make Japan a better society to live in. Her congratulatory address at the University of Tokyo’s Matriculation Ceremony in April 2019 raised a lot of attention as she stated in her speech that gender discrimination still exists within the University of Tokyo and other parts of Japanese society. Ueno’s firm, unchanging attitude seen in this address is one of the reasons why she was chosen for this recognition.

Former President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen will hand the recognition of gratitude to Ms Ueno in the presence of Ambassador Pekka Orpana on Monday 17 June at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo.

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

The recognition forms part of a broader campaign about equality, launched in June 2019 and continuing until the end of the year. 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 for the second time later this year.

 

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