Deputy Speaker of Parliament Tuula Haatainen called for more women as peace mediators and negotiators in her speech on women, peace and security at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum in Reykjavík, Iceland.
"It is important to ensure that women and girls in fragile situations can equally participate in all the political, economic, security and social facets of their societies, including the tables where peace is negotiated. This is a necessary prerequisite for the creation of inclusive and peaceful societies and sustainable development," said Haatainen.
Increasing the share of women in peace mediation and supporting women working as peace mediators is one of the objectives of Finland's foreign policy.
In her second address to the Women Political Leaders Global Forum, Haatainen discussed the responses from various parliaments to the appeal from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, to improve the status of women. Haatainen mentioned that Finland was the first country in the world to grant full political rights to women as early as in 1906 and that the share of female MPs is now, at 47%, higher than ever before. She also discussed the cross-party cooperation of the Network of Finnish Women Members of Parliament and the gender impact assessment already in the preparatory stages.
"And yet, we still have a long way to go. In Finland, the challenges include domestic abuse, the balance between work and family, equal pay and the share of women in positions of leadership in business. As legislators, one of the steps we have taken is to initiate a process of finding means to better take the question of gender-sensitive state budgeting into consideration," Haatainen said.