The purpose of the Espoo Equality Committee is to monitor and evaluate the realisation of equality with regard to city personnel and the services provided by the city. The Equality Committee can prepare initiatives and proposals on the realisation of equality to the City Board, which will then decide upon the implementation through official procedures. Espoo has been involved as a pilot municipality in a project of the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, which has aimed at mobilising the goals of the European Charter of Equality, signed by Espoo, in the municipality’s operations. The meetings also monitor the progress of the goals specified in the Charter.
In Espoo, equality is defined as general human equality, which entails equality between women and men, as well as various age groups, ethnic groups and people with varying personal attributes and characteristics. The Act on Equality between Women and Men and the Non-Discrimination Act oblige all officials of Espoo to promote equality and non-discrimination in all of their activities.
The tool implemented for monitoring the realisation of equality is the operational equality plan, which was approved by the City Board at its meeting on 16 December 2013. The other tools used for monitoring equality include the personnel diversity plan, multicultural programme, disability policy programme and ageing policy programme. The Equality Committee is involved in the equality network run by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.
The Espoo Equality Committee has operated since 1981.
Members of the Committee on the Finnish espoo.fi website