Thu, May 23, 2024

Finnish Federation of Graduate Women (FFGW), member of University Women of Europe, welcomes you to the Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019 “Together for GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION AND WORK and COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMON BALTIC SEA”. 

Place: Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

Time: Saturday 12 October 2019, 08:00 – 16:30

According to the 2017 Gender Equality Index, gender equality is progressing at a snail’s pace in the EU. In Finland, there are even indications of backsliding in gender equality. In the research literature, it is widely accepted that it is not possible to attain a more equal society for men and women without reducing the segregation in education and working life. In addition to improved social policies and structural changes, a more equal society requires concrete action. In our conference, the Graduate Women of the Baltic region seek solutions to dismantle segregation. At the same time, the focus is on how women and women’s organizations can positively respond to climate change and the protection of our shared Baltic Sea. Climate change is also a matter of equality. Bringing together professionals working in gender equality and the protection of the Baltic Sea and women from different countries will lead into sustainable action.


Time: 17:00 – 18:00
Place: Vantaa City Hall (Asematie 7, 01300 Vantaa)
Mayor’s reception (max 50 people)

Time: 8:00 – 16:30
Place: Auditorium at the Finnish Science Center Heureka (Tiedepuisto 1, 01300 Vantaa)
Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019

08.00 – 09.00 Registration and morning coffee with fruits

09 – 09.10 Welcome
President Kirsi Jokikokko
Finnish Federation of Graduate Women, FGGW

09.10 – 09.30 Equal pay NOW – University Women of Europe, UWE’s equal pay complaint to the Council of Europe
President Anne Negre
University Women of Europe

09.30 – 10.00 Keynote 1: European context
Professor Carole Mundell
Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

10.00 – 10.30 Keynote 2: Baltic context
Associate professor of sociology Triin Roosalu
Tallinn university, Estonia

10.30 – 11.00 Keynote 3: Finnish context
Researcher Inkeri Tanhua
SEGLI research project, Hanken School of Economics

11.00 – 12.30 Lunch break (self-financed)

12.30 – 14.00 WORKSHOPS (auditorium and the rooms next to the auditorium)

WS 1 Break! Breaking the Gender-based Stereotypes – Introducing project from Estonia
WS 2 Gender Equality in Academia and Research – Best practices from the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women Academic Network) Charter, UK
WS 3 Empowering Immigrant Women – The Success Story of Auroras Mentoring Network (Finland)
WS 4 Share your stories – Graduate Women’s inspirational career choices (Finland)
WS 5 Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) (Russia)

13.30 – 14.00 Workshop wrap-up at the auditorium

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 – 16.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Protecting the Baltic sea – What can women organizations do?

14.30 – 15.00
Keynote 4: Saara Kankaanrinta, Baltic Sea Action Group
Keynote 5: Riina Pursiainen, Finnish Agenda2030 Youth Group

15.00 – 16.00 Panel discussion
• Ombudsman Annamari Arraskoski-EngardtJohn Nurminen Foundation
• Chairman of the board Saara KankaanrintaBaltic Sea Action Group
• Project manager Wende Luvinga HeinojaNiras
 Board member Tuula PohjolaNational Council of Women of Finland
• Project manager Riina PursiainenFinnish Agenda2030 Youth Group
• Ambassador for Baltic Sea Affairs Helena TuuriMinistry of Foreign Affairs

Chair: Dr. Minna Keinänen-Toivola, FFGW

16.00 – 16.30 Closing remarks: Let’s Take Action
President of the FFGW Kirsi Jokikokko
16.30 End of the seminar

16:30 – 19:00 Break (Please note that the Heureka’s science exhibitions are open only until 6 pm.)

19:00 – 21:00 Dinner at Hotel Sokos Vantaa (Hertaksentie 2, 01300 Vantaa)

Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Place: FFGW’s office in Helsinki (Temppelikatu 13, 00100Helsinki)
Meeting of the national associations’ official representatives: resolution and planning of the next conference

Parallel social events in Helsinki on Sunday at 10:00 – 12:00

A. Visit to central library OODI (max 25 people)

B. Walking tour in Töölö district in Helsinki (Temppeliaukio churchSibelius
monument, Cafe Regatta) (max 25 people)

C. Check Visit Helsinki and make your own plans for the day!

Organizers: Finnish Federation of Graduate Women together with British Embassy Finland, Eesti Akadeemiliste Naiste Ühing, Федерация женщин с университетским образованием, Kvinnliga Akademikers Förening and Lietuvos Universitetų Moterų Asociacija

THE REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 1 OCTOBER 2019. Please register here:

The previous Nordic-Baltic conferences were held in Estonia (2016) and Lithuania (2017).

For more information, please visit the website of Finnish Federation of Graduate Women and the FB event page

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