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Tue, 04 Mar, 2014 12:07:05 AM
FTimes Report, March 4
Finland has received concluding observations from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, which welcomed the Finnish government’s various action plans to eliminate discrimination against women and also the implementation of women's rights.
The Committee has considered Finland’s periodic report on the elimination of such discrimination, which was submitted in accordance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
The Committee published its concluding observations in Geneva earlier on Monday. A public oral hearing of the Finnish delegation took place in conjunction with the session. 
The Committee welcomed the development of the Act on Equality between Women and Men as well as the government's action plans aiming to eliminate discrimination against women and promote gender equality, said the release.
It also praised the ratification of optional protocols to human rights conventions. The UN committee said it believed that awareness of the convention and its optional protocol should be increased.
The committee recommended Finland to consider establishing a high-level coordination mechanism that would work to mainstream gender equality issues and eliminate discrimination against women.  
The committee recommendations also included the allocation of adequate financial resources for implementing the national action plan aimed at eliminating violence against women. 
It also recommended the use of gender-sensitive language in public discourse.
In addition, the committee made recommendations on amending the statutory definition of criminal offences of rape, ensuring a sufficient number of shelters with adequate resources, opening a free 24-hour helpline and ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.
It requested the Finnish parliament, in line with its mandate, to take steps to implement the concluding observations.
Finland's next periodic review on the implementation of the convention will be submitted in 2018, according to the release. 
The implementation of the recommendations concerning violence against women, however, shall be reported within two years.
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