Hän – Equality, culture and women

On 1st of November 1905 The Red Manifesto was read in Tampere Central Square to 40 000 people. The Manifesto was written on red paper - that is the history of the name. The Manifesto demanded universal and equal suffrage, freedom of speech, democracy and end of censorship. The next year finnish women were given full political rights.

What can cities, municipalities and people working in the cultural sector do to improve equality?

Welcome to the seminar on 3rd of December in Tampere, Finland.

It takes place the day after the IGEP ceremony, December 3rd 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tampere Hall, Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere, Finland


Hän is the inclusive Finnish pronoun that stands for equal opportunity. You’re a hän. I’m a hän. Everyone’s a hän. In Finland, everyone is entitled to be treated equally, enabling them to belong, participate and achieve their full potential.

Be part of the story and sign in the workshop!


Did you know that the story of gender equality originates from Tampere?

Finland was the first country to grant women full political rights in 1906. Tampere played a significant role in the realisation of women’s suffrage.

As early as in 1905 Tampere women of all ranks demanded for equal rights not just to vote, but to also stand for election; for full political rights, in a manifesto signed by thousands of women. The men joined too, altogether 40 000 people gathered at Tampere city central square to demand universal and equal suffrage.

After this in 1907 19 women MPs were elected to the Finnish Parliament. These were the women who started rallying for equal opportunities in education, culture, and ownership. And the rest is history!

However, globally we still struggle with the same issues like sexual harassment, womens euro, representation etc. In Finland in 2017 39% of women suffered of sexual harassment, the average woman earns 84 percent of the wage of her male counterpart for regular work, etc.

What about hän? Hän is the gender-neutral Finnish personal pronoun that treats everyone equally. Find out more about hän from here.


Equality is something that Tampere wants to rally strongly.

We are also the partner for International Gender Equality Prize, IGEP, owned by the government of Finland. The inaugural prize in 2017 was awarded to the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and will be now awarded for the 2nd time in December 2nd.

The day after the IGEP ceremony, December 3rd 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. we will organize a seminar on what can cities and people working in the cultural sector do to advance equality.


Themes and program

Complete program can be seen here.

Our four main themes:

• Equal access for women to the labor market and leadership positions
• Education and training: gender stereotypes, representation and role models
• An end to sexual violence
• Systemic discrimination demands systemic change

Themes will be discussed together with international speakers:


Zita Holbourne is an award-winning community and trade union activist, human rights campaigner, performancepoet, author, writer, visual artist, curator and vocalist. She campaigns for equality, freedom, justice and human rights through arts and activism.



Tamara Tatishvili comes from film funding & promotion background and has solid experience of working in European AV sector. In 2010-2013 she acted as Director of Georgian National Film Center; leading reform of the institution and initiating emergence of new wave of talented filmmakers. Tamara currently holds position of Strategy and Partnerships Manager at European Women’s Audiovisual Network.



Else Christensen-Redzepovic is expert/advisor on international cultural relations, EU processes, policies and instruments related to culture. She works with public authorities, networks, institutions, organizations and NGO´s on policy, strategy, governance and action for sustainable cultural and creative development. Else has track record in international project management and European Capitals of Culture bidding processes.




Imogen Gunner is a performer, composer, educator and civil rights activist. She draws on a wide range of experience in grassroots campaigning surrounding issues of gender equality and reproductive rights in Ireland, housing, ethnicity, migration, travellers’ rights, disability rights, and freedom of speech.




Christine Langinauer is a curator, writer and researcher based in Helsinki, Finland. She is currently working as planner at the Culture for All service, a service that promotes accessibility, diversity and equal treatment within the arts and culture field.




Christian Veske is the stakeholder relations officer at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) which is the European Union body to give technical assistance on gender equality to the European Union institutions and European Union Member States.



Click here to read more info about our speakers.


Practical issues

There is no participation fee in the seminar. Working language of the seminar is English. Registration ends on November 24th.

Accommodation: Contact Sokos Hotels Torni Tampere (https://www.sokoshotels.fi/fi/tampere/solo-sokos-hotel-torni-tampere or call +358 20 1234 634) and use code BECoC. Room rates: 120 e / single room, 140 e / double room. Special rates available until 18th of November. Other accommodation options found here: https://visittampere.fi/en/accommodation/


Lauri Lyly, Mayor of Tampere

Else Christensen-Redzepovic, Voices of Culture, Structured Dialoque between the European Commission and the cultural sector