Teenager Girl Becomes Finland’s PM For A Day Under ‘The Girls Takeover Campaign’
Finland's elected Prime Minister ‘Sanna Marin’ stepped aside from her duties to let a 16-year old, social media campaigner, take on the top job duties of the country for a day in order to promote girls’ rights. Aava Murto gets to spend her day as Prime Minister of Finland and to serve her country.
Finland, the Scandinavian country, got a teenager serving and working for the development of girls’ power and the country on October 7, 2020.
Well, as for us Indians, we can see the resemblance of this act to the Bollywood reel life scenario of the movie “ Nayak” coming to existence in Real life. But unlike the reel life scenario which was out of Ego, this real life scenario is for great cause to empower the young generation of girls.
Sanna Marin is the world's youngest Prime Minister at the age of 34, of Finland; she spent her teenage years working in a bakery and was the 1st one to university in her family. Ms Sanna Marin is Finland's 3rd female Prime Minister.
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Finland scores near to the top when it comes for the women empowerment, along with other Nordic countries. Even before they gained independence from Russia, in 1906, the Grand Duchy of Finland became the 1st territory in the world where the legal rights to vote and to run the nation’s parliament was given to the women (although 1st country to grant women's suffrage in 1893 was New Zealand, but women were not eligible to run for parliament until after World War I).
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This step was taken to spread the awareness in the young minds to remove gender stereotypes and to decry online violence about the technology. Girls around the world shouldn’t fear for being excluded and discriminated against for getting involved in IT sector and technology, according to Ms. Aava Murto. She also warned us about the ongoing online violence that restricts girls to access information.
Prime Minister’s seat has for one day been occupied by 16-year-old Aava Murto.
Murto wants to focus on opportunities for the most vulnerable girls to benefit from technology.
In the #girlstakeover by @PlanGlobal girls around the world step into the shoes of leaders. pic.twitter.com/EWZK8rEgXb — Finnish Government (@FinGovernment) October 7, 2020
"If a girl says she plays video games, she is often considered weird," Ms. Murto said in a speech posted on the Finland’s government website. "If, on the other hand, a boy says he does not play video games or have a game console, he is considered weird for that reason."
"I have spoken to female friends my age about online harassment, and it turns out that they have all been asked for nude pictures and they have all been sent nude pictures against their will," Murto said.
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"The truth is that we have not yet achieved gender equality - not anywhere on Earth"
Aava Murto, 16, takes over as Finland's prime minister for the day as part of a campaign for girls' digital rights https://t.co/mXYQkrepuA — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 7, 2020
During her address, Murto also warned people that girls in developing countries are often "excluded from the digital skills and know-how that could enable them to have a safer, better future."
"Inequality affects many of us girls globally and impacts our lives in a variety of ways," Murto said on Wednesday. "That said, we girls are more than just victims, we represent enormous potential. With our help, many issues can be solved."
During her brief tenure as the country's Prime Minister and top authority, Murto met with Sanna Marin, as well the minister for development and trade and the country's chancellor of justice.
When asked by the media whether she would be interested in taking the job for the full-time, Murto replied to the AFP news agency "It's not up to me to decide that, but possibly, yeah!"