In the recent years, Finland has been known to top all reports regarding gender equality. In the last Global Gender Gap Report, the country placed second out of 144 countries, coming behind only Iceland. However, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish politician and a member of the European Parliament, believes that the country is “taking a step backwards.”

“It’s a pretty shattering figure,” Pietikäinen says about the new Finnish government, which includes 12 male and 5 female ministers. Pietikäinen claims with the new unbalanced government, all the decision power is given to men while there are more than enough competent women in all Finnish political parties.

“Recall it a hundred times”

According to Pietikäinen, people seem to take structures like the EU, human rights and justice for granted. They assume that regardless of what happens these structures will not break.

“But they are pretty fragile structures, and they can really break. They have been there for decades, but the breakdown can happen in an instant. Bad turns happen quickly.” Pietikäinen says. She thinks the only antidote to going backwards is to lose these assumptions. She advices everyone “to recall a hundred times and, if necessary, more, what the fundamental rights are, why they are indivisible and why they are subjective.”

Our Finnish readers can read the rest of the interview here.

In 2016, we had the pleasure to film MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen during the research of Lasikatto.