The Paradox of Equality in Finland and Europe
The saying is that being born in Finland is like winning a lottery. The society offers wealth, liberty, education, free schooling and health services. However, women endure gender-based inequalities.
Päivi Sinkkonen, Head of Unit- Nollalinja, Setlementti Tampere
Sinkkonen (MA,Master of Arts in education) has been an active member in Greens since 2008. She is former chair of Tampere Greens and Green Women of Tampere Region, she has also been a member of board in Green Women`s Association in Finland.
She has a long experience working with migrants and in actions against racism as well as in the field of work against domestic violence.
Merja Kähkönen, Member of Board, Green Women’s Association - Associate Gender Officer in OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) PRESENTATION
Merja Kähkönen is a Member of Board of the Green Women’s Association and a member of the Global Greens Coordination. As a feminist, she is a proponent of equality, women's rights and minority rights as well as democratic participation. She believes in international cooperation and is active in the European Green Party.
Minna Sorsa, Postdoctoral researcher, Senior Administrator (Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Tampere University, World Association for Infant Mental Health) - Vice Chair of Regional Council of Pirkanmaa - PRESENTATION
Minna Sorsa is a member of the Ylöjärvi City Council since 2005, and a current Board member. She is currently the Vice Chair of Regional Council of Pirkanmaa, and was a member of the Green National Council 2009-2013. Minna works in the World Association for Infant Mental Health since 2008. She is a PhD and Postdoctoral researcher in Health Sciences with study interest in Mental Health. She is part of international research consortium on Help-seeking in Gender Based Violence.
Terry Reintke , MEP and Vice-president Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament (Germany)
Terry Reintke is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Greens/EFA Group. Elected into the European Parliament in 2014 and re-elected in 2019, she is active in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; the Committee on Social Affairs as well as the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. Furthermore, she is the Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup. Her work focuses particularly on the fight for rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy in Europe, better representation and empowerment of women, fighting the backlash of equal rights and working towards a more social and fair Europe.
Terry was born and raised in Gelsenkirchen and studied political science in Berlin and Edinburgh. She started getting interested in politics at the age of 14 and became an activist of the Young Greens in Germany and the Federation of Young European Green whose spokesperson she was from 2011 to 2013.
Katri Pihlaja, Mental health and substance abuse services- City of Tampere /Entrepreneur - M.Soc.Sci, Developer Social worker. Member of Board Green Women of Tampere region.
Katri Pihlaja has been an active member in Greens since 2012. She is former vice chair of Green Women of Tampere Region, she has also been a member of board in Green Women`s Association in Finland.
She has a long experience working within mental health and social services. She is also a teacher.