SAK: A committee needed to
study men's situation
Helsinki (23.03.2012 - Heikki Jokinen) The union confederation SAK is
concerned about the situation of men in society. It requests that the
set up a committee to draft a report on the privileges men enjoy and the
problems they face to see in which way these are attributable to gender.
This would help to better guide
future Finnish policy in respect of gender equality.
Some 110,000 young people between the ages of 20 and 30 have no further
education other than the 9-year mandatory schooling. About 70,000 of these
are men. At
all levels men are more likely than women to interrupt their education. Men
also participate less in adult education than women.
Weak education has an impact on working life: unemployment for men is
more widespread than for women. Men suffer poor health more often than
2010 life expectancy in Finland was 76.7 years for men and 83.2 years
According to SAK, the situation of men is very much a factor in the social
sustainability of Finland. The large proportion of men among the long term
unemployed, those that are alcoholic, homeless and in prison…is not only a
problem for men...but for the whole society.
"At the same time we concede and are well aware that even after many decades
of work promoting
gender equality men are privileged in many sectors of society.
Economic power is still in men's hands", says Saana Siekkinen, the
director of SAK's development department.