15th International Helvi Sipilä Seminar


15th International Helvi Sipilä Seminar My Body is Mine: Trafficking in Human beings – How to Protect Women and Girls?

Lämpimästi tervetuloa naisjärjestöjen yhteiseen kansainvälisen naistenpäivän seminaariin 8.3.2021 klo 16.00-18.00. Tänä vuonna tilaisuus järjestetään webinaarimuotoisena. Ilmoittaudu mukaan tästä! Webinaari järjestetään englanniksi.

Tilaisuuden järjestävät Suomen Akateemiset Naisten liitto ry, Naisjärjestöt Yhteistyössä – Nytkis ry, UN Women Suomi, Suomen NNKY liitto ja Naisjärjestöjen Keskusliitto.


Welcome to our 15th INTERNATIONAL HELVI SIPILÄ SEMINAR on Monday 8 March 2021 at 16.00-18.00 (Helsinki time, UTC/GMT +2 hours). This year the seminar will be held as a webinar (Zoom) from Helsinki, Finland. Register here! The webinar will be held in English.

The seminar is organized jointly by the Finnish Federation of Graduate Women, the National Council of Women of Finland, the Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations – NYTKIS, Finland National Committee for UN Women and the Young Women’s Christian Association of Finland YWCA.


Chair of the seminar & opening
My Body is Mine! Women’s organizations countering the anti-gender movement
EVA BIAUDET, MP, President of the the National Council of Women of Finland
Finland’s commitments towards gender equality and women’s rights
THOMAS BLOMQVIST, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality of Finland
Gender dimension – recognized risks of women and children in conflicts
HELENA RANTA, Professor at The Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Helsinki, Finland

NIRMALA GURUNG, Coordinating Asia Region for a Reproductive rights and mental health initiative, World YWCA
TATIANA KOTLYARENKO, Advisor on Anti-Trafficking Issues at Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
YELIZ OSMAN, Policy Spesialist, Ending Violence against Women at UN Women Panama
VENLA ROTH, Ministerial Adviser, Department for Criminal Policy and Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Ministry of Justice, Finland

KATRI VIINIKKA, Ambassador for Gender Equality, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Jatkamme kello 17.30-18 vapaamuotoisella kansainvälisen naistenpäivän keskustelulla. Teemoina ovat:

  • Mihin kansainvälistä naistenpäivää tarvitaan erityisesti vuonna 2021?
  • Mikä merkitys kansainvälisen naistenpäivän vietolla on koronapandemian aikana?


Trafficking in human beings (THB) is a serious human rights violation and has been defined as a form of gender-based violence under international law. Women and girls are disproportionately affected and are usually trafficked for the purpose of economic and sexual exploitation. With the title of My body is mine – how to protect women and girls our distinguished speakers will examine different forms of trafficking in human beings, their effects on victims and what should be done to protect women and girls who have fallen victim to trafficking.

My body is mine – how to protect women and girls

The distinguished speakers of our panel will examine THB from various viewpoints. What are some of the main challenges of tackling THB? What can be done to prevent women and girls from falling victim to THB? What is the role of States and institutions? How is THB a form of gender-based violence?

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