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Finland National Report on Law and Policy Addressing Men's Practices

Hearn, Jeff, Lattu, Emmi and Tallberg, Teemu (2001) Finland National Report on Law and Policy Addressing Men's Practices. Project Report. CROME: Critical Research on Men in Europe, Helsinki, Sweden. (Unpublished)

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(i) National legal and governmental policy is framed and characterised by a complex formal mixture of statements favouring gender equality in principle and statements using gender-neutrality as the major form of governmental communication; statements typically promote and favour gender equality, and this is generally done through gender-neutral laws and policies. This means that there are relatively few explicit governmental statements on or about men. Most laws are constructed in a gender-neutral way.
(ii) The Finnish Act on Equality Between Men and Women came into force in 1987. As the Nordic predecessors of the Finnish Act, it is mostly a passive law to be used when it is alleged that someone is discriminated against.
(iii) Gendered exceptions to this generally gender-neutral pattern in which men are explicitly or implicitly named include: compulsory conscription into the army; a strongly pro-fatherhood policy and ideology; national programme against violence; and recent political debate on same-sex marriage.
(iv) In addition there has been a variety of extra-governmental political activity around men of varying gender political persuasions. Since 1986 there has been a ‘Men’s Section’, (the Subcommittee on Men’s Issues), a subcommittee of the Council for Equality between Women and Men. This has recently produced a publication which sets out ways in which gender equality can be developed to men’s advantage.
(v) There is a lack of consideration of how men might assist the promotion of gender equality in ways that assist women; there is also a lack of consideration of how different aspects of men’s practices might connect with each other, for example, fatherhood and violence

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2009 11:10
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:53


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