Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tarja Halonen Lecture

On Monday I went to see the former Finnish president Tarja Halonen speaking in Uppsala University about women's participation in the sustainable world. She was the speaker of 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld foundation lecture and as a Finn it was of course nice to see that they had picked our former woman president as a speaker.

It was nice to see she was so humble even as a former president and the lecture was nice but unfortunately she had a flu so her voice was not at her best which is why I couldn't hear her all to well all the time. Some interesting points I took note of though;

  • She said she believes reason why Nordic women are quite equal to men in our cultures is because in the Nordic climate each and everyone has had to participate to survive
  • Peace is not just absence of war
  • It's not easy to change the world but we can't do it if we don't try. She also pointed towards that young people today have much more influence power than they had when she was young and she told all the young people in the lecture hall to be brave
  • Another interesting point she made was that yes we have overused a lot of our resources, however, there is one resource we have underused and that is human capital. Especially the young, the poor and the women. (I liked that she said; little girls belong to the school not to the bedroom and just because you are poor it doesn't mean you are stupid

If you missed the lecture you can see the filmed version here.

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