Finland’s First Female President on Women’s Rights, Healthcare & Rise of Far Right in Europe

https://democracynow.org – As we broadcast from UNESCO in Paris, we speak with Tarja Halonen, who was elected in 2000 as Finland?s first female president and served until 2012. Her election came about 100 years after Finland became the first European country where women were given the right to vote. In 2009, Forbes named Halonen among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. Since leaving office, she has become a prominent advocate for gender equality as well as transparency. She spoke today to mark the International Day for the Universal Access to Information, and we asked her about the country?s cost-effective healthcare system, which she says has given Finland “a lower infant mortality rate, better maternity care than the United States.”

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