Fin­land: Em­bassy hosts event to en­cour­age ca­reer women

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - EMBASSY -

Dur­ing a high-level visit from Fin­nish For­eign Min­is­ter Timo Soini, the Fin­nish Em­bassy in Bei­jing and the Fin­nish Busi­ness Coun­cil hosted an event to en­cour­age ca­reer women to make it to the top.

Soini and the rst fe­male taiko­naut Liu Yang both gave an open­ing speech at the Fe­bru­ary 28 event. Other suc­cess­ful fe­male pro­fes­sion­als were also in­vited to share from their ex­pe­ri­ence with the au­di­ence.

The aim of the event was to in­spire women at var­i­ous stages of their ca­reers to take a step forward and en­cour­age their com­pa­nies to sup­port them. The event was the sec­ond of the In­ter-Cham­ber G8 Se­ries on Ca­reer Women Forward, a joint ini­tia­tive by G8 (G for gender) cham­bers such as AmCham China, the Euro­pean Union Cham­ber of Com­merce in China and the Fin­nish Busi­ness Coun- cil in Bei­jing.

Soini said that he was raised by strong and wise women: his mother and grand­mother.

“Fin­nish women were the rst in the world to gain univer­sal suf­frage as early as 1947,” said the min­is­ter. “In 1926, less than 10 years af­ter our in­de­pen­dence, the rst fe­male min­is­ter was nom­i­nated. Nowa­days, women make up 42 per­cent of par­lia­ment and serve al­most all par­ti­tions of the gov­ern­ment in Fin­land.”

The Fin­nish Am­bas­sador to China Marja Ris­lakki, Fin­land’s rst fe­male am­bas­sador to be posted in Bei­jing, also gave a speech at the event.

Pho­tos: Yin Yeping/GT

Left: Out­stand­ing women and Fin­nish For­eign Min­is­ter Timo Soini (3rd from right); Right: Fin­nish For­eign Min­is­ter Timo Soini dur­ing his speech.

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