Study on gender training in the European Union mapping, research and stakeholders’ engagement (2012–13). Finland.
Gender mainstreaming is a legal requirement in Finland, as stipulated under the Act on Gender Equality. The act requires that public organisations mainstream gender into their work and create governance and implementation practices that promote gender equality in planning and decision-making. In 2012 the Finnish government adopted a new national gender equality action plan (2012–15), which stipulates that training should form part of directors’ and staff’s general induction training in order to effectively mainstream gender in policies and programmes. The Ministry of Economy and Employment (MEE), the Ministry of the Interior (MI) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (MSAH) have included gender training as part of their policy commitments. The national development programme for gender mainstreaming (Valtava) is coordinated by the MEE. The Gender Equality Unit at the MSAH is in charge of providing guidance on gender mainstreaming in government, and has organised gender training across the ministries.