Finland: Embassy hosts event to encourage career women
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.
Left: Outstanding women and Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (3rd from right); Right: Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini during his speech.