International Women’s Day

Posted on Mar 8, 2018 in BLOG | 0 comments

Happy International Women’s Day to all wonderful women out there!

To honor this day we would like to name few notable Finnish women that have made an impact on women’s empowerment in Finland and internationally.


Minna Canth– Minna Canth (1844-1897)  was the first female significant writer in Finland. She defended women’s rights and wrote about social issues. Canth was also the first female journalist and in her writings she raised the issues from a feminist, socialist and gender ethics perspective and advocated for the freedom of religion. She was the first woman in Finland to obtain an official flag-raising day. This flag day (3/19) was also established as the celebration day of equality.



Helvi Sipila–  Was a Finnish lawyer, diplomat, politician and a promoter of women’s rights. She was also the first women to work as Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. The first world conference was organized by Sipila (1975) and she had an impact on United Nation’s decision to create the Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), a forerunner of UNWomen.



Elisabeth Rehn– The world’s first female defense minister. Rehn is a Finnish politician and was a Member of Parliament from year 1979–1995.  She has been working for human rights and women’s empowerment, being UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Balkan countries and working as UNIFEM’s (United Nations Development Fund for Women) expert on women’s role in peace-building.




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Current ye@r *