Sunday, January 29, 2006

Tänä iltana tahon tanssia!

Tarja Halonen, Finland's first woman leader, beat off conservative challenger Sauli Niinisto with 51.8% of the votes in the presidential run-off election.

Halonen's career started in the National Union of Finnish Students, where she worked as Social Affairs Secretary in 1969-70. She joined the Social Democratic party in 1971 and, three years later, she was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister. She was elected to the Parliament in 1979 and held her seat in five consecutive elections until she assumed the office of the President of Finland in 2000. Tarja Halonen has also served in three cabinets and her appointments have been: Minister of Social Affairs and Health (1987-1990), Minister of Justice (1990-1991) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995-2000).

Tarja Halonen has always paid close attention to issues of human rights, democracy and civil society and issues concerning social justice and promotion of equality have been central themes throughout her political career. She has likewise long played an active role in the international solidarity movement.

The left-wing president had not won an outright majority in the first round, but has now won a second six-year term.


Anonymous Marta said...

Hello there,

I don’t want to sound too feministic but I really like the fact and the things you write abort women en haut (Michelle Bachelet, Tarja Halonen). My personal opinion: SOMETIMES women just…do it better. Voila!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Diogo said...

It doesn't sound feministic at all; it sounds realistic! You're absolutely right!

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Andre said...

I thought I´d leave a taste of an interesting CNN article...

"The twice-married Berlusconi, 69, prides himself on his physical fitness, and after a facelift and a hair transplant he looks younger now than he did when he swept to power in 2001.

He has often been criticized by commentators and feminist groups for his use of sexual innuendo and sexist jokes.

In June he sparked a diplomatic incident with Finland when he said he had used "playboy tactics" to persuade its woman president to give up a bid to site the European Union's food agency in Helsinki rather than the Italian city of Parma."

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