Non-Discrimination Ombudsman

Overview:

The task of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is to advance equality in Finland and to prevent and tackle discrimination. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is an independent and autonomous authority. You can turn to the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman if you have experienced or witnessed discrimination on the basis of age, ethnic or national origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activism, family connections, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics.

Brief history

The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman was founded 1.1.2015. when the new Non-Discrimination act came to force. Before the ombudsman was named “Ombudsman for minorities” and had only mandate to tackle ethnic discrimination.

Mandate Type

Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body

Litigation power:

  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name
  • Intervening before the court
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) Not legally binding

Activities

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Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)
Recommendations on discrimination issues
Publications and reports
Research projects (including surveys)

Our institution has a mandate to deal with:

  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Hate speech

Other statistics:

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Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media

Management

  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)

Management details

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is the head of office with the independent right to choose employées and prioritise.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The Non-Discrimination Obudsman is appointed By the Government.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body

Grounds / Fields Employment Education Housing Social Protection & Healthcare Goods and Services Other
Gender
Gender Identity
Race and Ethnic Origin
Age
Disability
Sexual Orientation
Religion & Belief
Other grounds:

Opinion, political activity, trade union activism, family connections, state of health, other personel characteristics.

Mandate covers:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector

We are accountable to

  • National Parliament