Finland // Structures

The approach to gender mainstreaming in the Finnish government administration has a dual focus: creating and supporting permanent gender-mainstreaming structures in all ministries, and ensuring the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the key processes of administration (preparation of legislation, budget preparation, performance management, statistics and major projects).

The central gender equality structure, the Gender Equality Unit (TASY), located within the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, is in charge of the preparation, coordination and monitoring of gender mainstreaming in government administration, but the main responsibility for implementation lies with the ministries. Each ministry has an operational gender equality working group that coordinates and monitors gender mainstreaming within the ministry, and since 2012 has been required to have a designated gender-mainstreaming coordinator. The network of gender equality working groups, coordinated by TASY, provides a forum for sharing experience and good practice and identifying and discussing problems.