Iina Soiri. Photo: Mattias Sköld

Finnish 15-year-olds to get We Should All Be Feminists

Every 9th-grader in Finland will be given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist call We Should All Be Feminists. “It is a wonderful booklet that every young person should read,” says NAI Director Iina Soiri.

Finland is following the example of Sweden, where the book was given to all high-school students in 2015 as a stepping stone for discussion about gender equality and feminism.

“It is great news that Finnish pupils are given a chance to learn about gender injustices through stories from Nigeria,” says Soiri and continues:

“Despite many differences in culture and society between the Nordics and Africa many challenges related to gender equality are the same.”

Iina Soiri, a native Finn, has lived, worked and raised children in five different African countries.

“I have given the booklet to both my sons,” she says.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was guest of honor at NAI’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2012. She cut the ribbon of the Institute’s new premises and delivered a passionate speech, sharing her thoughts on Nigeria’s past, present and future.

In recent years NAI has intensified its activities on gender inequality and other forms of social and economic exclusion. When the institute organised the Nordic Africa Days conference in 2016 the theme was Gender and Change: Global Challenges for Africa, and at a pre-event the situation for women in war-torn South Sudan was addressed.


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