Oct. 9, 2020, 4:02 p.m.
Helsinki: A 16-year-old girl from the small village of Vaaksy in southern Finland has been made the one-day Prime Minister of the northern European country.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin has left her post for teenager Aava Murto for a day. In this one day, Murto will meet politicians and talk about women’s rights in technology.
The 16-year-old has actively campaigned on climate and human rights issues. The teenager has been given this honor, of being the Prime Minister of Finland for a day, as part of a campaign to eradicate gender discrimination from the country.
This is the fourth year of Finland’s participation in the ‘Girls Takeover’ initiative of humanitarian organization Plan International. This organization allows teenagers from countries around the world to play the role of leaders and heads of other fields for a day. This year the emphasis of the organization is on promoting digital skills and technical opportunities for girls.
“Gender equality ambitions will fall short as long as girls are pushed aside from using and developing technology. Girls, too, have a digital future, and that is why girls should have a voice in technology,” Murto said.
The girl said on this honour, ”it is a pleasure to speak in front of you here today. However, I wish that I do not have to stand here and do not require campaigns like ‘girls takeover’ ”. She added, “However, the truth is that we have not yet achieved gender equality anywhere on earth. While we have done a great job in this area, there is still a lot of work to do.”
Marin, who was sworn in as the youngest prime minister in the world at just 34 years, said it was extremely important to ensure ‘accessibility for all’ of technology. Marin is the third female prime minister of Finland and leads an alliance at the center with 4 other parties. The presidents of these four parties are women and 3 of them are under 35 years of age.