14-SEP-2019: Finnish Deputy Head of Mission delivers lecture in AMU
Aligarh, September 15: "Finland is one of the world's leading countries in fostering gender equality. It was the one of the first countries to grant women full political rights, Finnish people are committed to nurture that legacy", said Mr EriK af Hallstrom, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland, New Delhi while speaking on 'Gender Equality in Finland' at the Faculty of Social Sciences Lounge in the Aligarh Muslim University.
Mr Hallstrom added that in the early 1980s, gender equality became a prominent matter of discussion in international cooperation. "The UN was a pioneer in promoting gender equality and Finland was an important player in this development," he pointed out.
Speaking on diplomatic relations between India and Finland, Mr Hallstrom remarked: "India and Finland share same values of democracy and tolerance and have traditionally enjoyed warm relations. In recent years, India-Finland bilateral relations have acquired diversity with collaboration in research, innovation, and investments by both sides."
Finland wants to strengthen the European Union as a global actor and sees India as a key partner in tackling global challenges, he added.
He shed light on best practices by Finland and how the country has set an example for others to follow upon.
"In Finland, the State guarantees everyone access to health, education and livelihood. Rich, poor and the middle-class everyone use public health. Our constitution says that the public authority shall guarantee everyone adequate social, health and medical services and promote health of the nation," said Mr Hallstrom.
Inviting young students and researchers to his home country, Mr Hallstrom said people need to come and visit Finland to see the features of our modern welfare state which are high quality education, promotion of equality, and a national social welfare system.
Prof Akbar Husain, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences said that Finland has an equal society and one of the best education and welfare systems in the world. "Finnish life exemplifies a cooperative spirit where people come together to achieve things, nurturing a degree of excellence that extends into public life and state policies," he added.
Introducing Mr EriK af Hallstrom to the students and research scholars attending the programme, Prof Arshi Khan, Coordinator, International Relations Committee informed them that Mr Hallstrom has worked as a journalist before working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence in his country.
Giving remarks on the lecture, Prof Mirza Asmer Beg said that the world can draw inspiration from the soft power status of Finland as the country exemplifies its strong institutions with supportive social systems through the continued progressive policy agenda.
Mrs Neena Hallstrom, wife of Mr Hallstrom was also present on the occasion.
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