CLIL - Finland’s Prime Minister is the World’s Youngest
138 DIRItto 7. Il Governo CLIL - FINLAND S PRIME MINISTER IS THE WORLD S YOUNGEST AUDIO At only 34 years of age, Sanna Marin, who was appointed Finland s prime minister on December 10th 2019, is the youngest head of government in the world. As well as her youth, her gender also makes her something of a rarity, at least by international standards. She is one of only five women among the European Union s 28 current leaders. What is more, Ms Marin leads a left-wing coalition whose five parties are all led by women, three of whom are under 35. Her cabinet will contain 12 women and seven men: at 63%, the female share is the highest in the European Union. To Finns, seeing plenty of women in senior political positions is not unusual. As with other Nordic states, Finland has been at the forefront of gender equality in politics for several years. Forty-seven per cent of its parliamentarians are female, one of the highest shares in the world. Ms Marin is the third woman to become prime minister. In the rest of Europe, women find it harder to reach the top jobs. But more of them are getting there. According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, a pressure group, the proportion of women in senior positions in EU is slowly growing. (Finland s prime minister is the world s youngest, The Economist, www.economist.com/graphicdetail/2019/12/11/finlands-new-prime-minister-is-the-worlds-youngest) A Gender Disparity Female Senior Members of Government 100 80 60 40 20 0 Finland Spain Sweden Austria France Germany Denmark Italy 1. Answer the questions. 1. Who is the youngest prime minister in the world? how old is she? 2. Is it unusual for Finns to have women in senior political positions? 3. how many women are in the Finnish government? Britain Belgium Hungary Poland (Source: European Institute for Gender Equality, 2019) 4. What is gender equality in simple words? 5. Do you think that Italy is getting more aware of gender equality? 6. Do you think that Italy has many women in politics? 7. Can you name some of them? If you are interested in further study on this topic visit: https://eige.europa.eu.