The French Institute, on the initiative of its director Jeannette Bougrab, organize a seminar End Domestic Violence Against Women on the eve of United Nation’s International Day for the elimination of violence against women on Friday 24th November at Eurooppasali (Malminkatu 16) in Helsinki. The aim is to raise awareness and generate discussion about the severity of the domestic violence against women in Finland, to highlight the importance of the national and international legislation in controlling problematic on violence, to approach the topic from the cultural perspective in comparing France and Finland and to build bridges between specialists, authorities and decision makers. The seminar will be moderated by Erja Yläjärvi, Chief Editor of Helsingin Sanomat.

The seminar has been officially accepted as part of the “100 acts for gender equality” project, which is part of the official programme of the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017, launched and directed by the National Council of Women of Finland and the Council for gender equality.

The seminar will be organised in English.

Free entrance but registration is mandatory as seating is limited.

More information and registration: institut@france.fi

INVITATION

 

PROGRAM:

8h30 Registration and breakfast

09h00-09h05     Opening of the seminar

Ms Tarja Halonen Former Finnish President

09h05-09h15 Welcoming words and introduction

Ms Jeannette Bougrab, Former minister, Cultural and scientific Counsellor and Director of the French Institute

09h15-09h30 Victim’s testimony session

 

09h30-10h45   1st panel discussion: Denial of the reality of domestic violence

Ms Pia Puu Oksanen, Director and Expert of gender and sexuality based discrimination, Amnesty Finland

Mr Kostas Tassopoulos, Counsellor, Lyömätön Linja

Ms Eva Biaudet, Member of Parliament and President, National Council of Women of Finland

Ms Anne Meskanen, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women Issues and Gender Equality, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

10h45-11h00   Break

11h00-12h15   2nd panel discussion: Effectiveness of measures  

Saara Asmundela, Detective Inspector, Helsinki Police Department

Olli Humalamäki, President, Viola – Väkivallasta vapaaksi ry

Merja Pentikäinen, Doctor of Laws, Opinio Juris

Kevät Nousiainen, DDL Professor emerita

12h15 Conclusion

H.E. Mr. Serge Tomasi, Ambassador of France

12h30 End of the seminar

 

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According to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Finland is still one of the three most violent countries for a woman. Women are victims of the domestic violence more often than men – three cases out of four. According to Statistics Finland’s data, there were 8,800 victims in domestic violence offences recorded in 2016, of what 5,200 cases were between married or cohabiting couples and former married or cohabiting couples. The victim was a woman in around 80 per cent of cases. According to the homicide statistics the second most general homicide type is a kill of women committed by partners or ex-partners (16 %). According to a rapport of Finnish National Institute for health and welfare (2016), there was 16 % increase of victims, 94 % of women, entering to the shelters compared to the previous year.

UN’s definitions for different type of violence:

Violence against women is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and shall mean all acts of gender‐based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.

Domestic violence shall mean all acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occur within the family or domestic unit or between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim.

 

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Left to right: Jeannette Bougrab, director of the French institute; H.E. Ernesto Cespedes, Ambassador of Mexico in Finland; Eva Biaudet, Member of Parliament and President, National Council of Women of Finland
Left to right: Zhang Bin, consellor to the Ambassador of China in Finland; Jeannette Bougrab, director of the French Institute; H.E. Mohammed Ariad, Ambassador of Morocco in Finland
H.E. Blanche Olbery, Ambassador of Malaysia in Finland; Jeannette Bougrab, director of the French Institute
Opening words by former Finnish President Tarja Halonen
Opening words by Jeannette Bougrab, director of the French Institute
One in three women in Europe is a victim of violence, as Amnesty Finland illustrated with these yellow papers
First panel discussion: Denial of the reality of domestic violence. Left to right: Anne Meskanen, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women Issues and Gender Equality, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland; Eva Biaudet, Member of Parliament and President, National Council of Women of Finland; Pia Puu Oksanen, Director and Expert of gender and sexuality based discrimination, Amnesty Finland; Mr Kostas Tassopoulos, Counsellor, Lyömätön Linja
H.E. Kambiz Jalali, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Finland
Ingrid Tjizo, Consellor to the Ambassador of Namibia in Finland
H.E. Blanche Olbery, Ambassador of Malaysia in Finland; Jeannette Bougrab, director of the French Institute; H.E. Noura Mohammed Abdul Hameed Jumaa, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Finland
Second panel discussion: Effectiveness of measures. Left to right: Merja Pentikäinen, Doctor of Laws, Opinio Juris; Kevät Nousiainen, DDL Professor emerita; Olli Humalamäki, President, Viola – Väkivallasta vapaaksi ry; Saara Asmundela, Detective Inspector, Helsinki Police Department
Closing words by H.E. Serge Tomasi, Ambassador of France in Finland