Partner spotlight: Finland


The Government of Finland and UN Women enjoy a partnership based on mutual interests and priorities. As one of the first countries in the world to give women the right to vote and stand for election in 1906, Finland continues to lead on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and works with UN Women to support normative engagement with and within Member States for the implementation of gender policies.

Finland recognizes the importance of core funding to UN Women to provide a strong financial base for the full range of the organization’s mandate. Since 2014, Finland has remained among the top-five contributors to core resources.

Between 2011 and 2019, the Government of Finland provided an aggregate contribution of USD 162.94 million. In 2019, Finland was the fifth-largest regular resources contributor with USD 11.12 million and fifth-largest total government contributor with USD 19.36 million.

The priorities of the Finnish Development Policy and UN Women’s mandate are closely aligned with a focus on reduction of poverty and inequality, the promotion of women’s rights, human rights, and sustainable development. With the support of the Government of Finland, UN Women works to advance the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, strengthen women’s leadership and political participation, and foster women’s engagement in all aspects of peacebuilding.

Together we have achieved