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Registration to 17th International Helvi Sipilä seminar: My Body is Mine – Women’s Human Rights and Technological Innovations

Thursday 9 March 2023 9.00–10.15 am EST (New York), 16–17.15 pm EET (Helsinki)
Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, 605 Third Avenue, 35 Floor, New York and online.

Many countries limit or even deny their citizens’ access to internet, preventing women from enjoying their full human rights. This seminar focuses on two themes regarding girls’ and women’s rights online. Firstly, it will discuss girls’ and women’s equal and safe access to internet and technological innovations all over the world. Secondly, it brings forth insights across the globe on factors supporting women’s empowerment and generational equality, such as free platforms to learn IT skills and coding, which may ensure that internet is harnessed in support of women’s human rights.



9.00 am Welcome
Pia-Lisa Sundell, Chair, the Coalition of Finnish Women Associations NYTKIS

9.05 am Opening 
Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality of Finland

9.15 am Keynote speech
Mona Sinha, Global Executive Director, Equality Now

9.25 am Video: Women and the internet in Afghanistan 

Bhishtah Mohammadi, journalist

9.30 am Comments

Sumi Clara Dcosta, Rise Up! Youth Lead, Young Women’s Christian Association YWCA
Nazneen Damji, Acting Chief of the Governance and Participation Section,  UN Women

9.45 am Discussion
Elina Kalkku, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations
Saara-Sofia Sirén, Member of Parliament, President, the National Council of Women of Finland

10.00 am Questions

10.10 am Closing remarks
Katri Viinikka, Ambassador for Gender Equality of Finland

10.15 am End of event

Moderator: Jutta Hartikainen, the Finnish Federation of Graduate Women

Please note, the names and email addresses are collected by this form for seminar communication purposes only. No contact details are shared and all collected data will be removed after the seminar.

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