27.3.2020

Women´s rights in Finland

Women´s rights in FinlandFinland has, for a long time, been regarded as one of the first countries to grant women the right to participate in politics, and it has still been deemed as one of the world’s leaders for promoting gender equality.

Women in all over the world struggled to change their place and perception in the society, meanwhile, they experienced different types of gender-based discrimination and violence, such as domestic violence, reproductive coercion, female infanticide, sexual harassment, obstetric violence; as well as many other harmful traditional practices, such as honor-based violence, Female Genital Mutilation and dowry violence. As mentioned earlier, women were subjected to different harmful practices due to the socially constructed roles for women and men, and the relationship between them.

Finland is committed to gender equality

Hence, these norms influenced women’s health condition and left a significant impact on how women view themselves and the lack of will for seeking and receiving proper health care. However, the women in Finland surpassed and are no longer facing most of the women issues mentioned previously, and this is due to the countries’ will for promoting gender equality. Finland is a society committed to gender equality; thus, it is the first country to elect women to parliament. This means that women in Finland have access to good health care, Higher education, valuable work opportunities, and are capable of protecting their rights.

Consequently, discrimination based upon gender is prohibited by law, and both men and women are equally represented in Finish labor marked. For instance, this is dues to the accessibility of education and raising awareness to improve the position which female holds in society. Today, the Finnish society is run by five parties, and all of them are led by women, which approves the improvement of women’s social experience by eliminating social norms that have been restricting and still restrict women in many other societies.

Another essential point to mention is that women around the world face different gender issues according to where they live. In other words, what a woman in Finland might think is horrible for other women in other parts of the world; it is nothing; meanwhile, they experience things that are more extreme. To sum it up, women who come to Finland and flee from a country were different issues that intersect and generate gender violence must take the opportunities that are available for them, such as good health care, and protect their rights.


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