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.
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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
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
H.E. Mr. Serge Tomasi, Ambassador of France
12h30 End of the seminar
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.