The Finnish Ministry of Justice has set up and is further developing a data hub on equality and discrimination. Recent research results, studies and statistics on discrimination in Finnish society are displayed on a website and structured according to grounds of discrimination/population group and areas of life covered.
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There is ample data on discrimination and equality in Finland, but the data is scattered across different databases and websites.
Therefore, the Finnish Ministry of Justice, as coordinator of the national discrimination monitoring system, decided to collect available data on equality issues. They would be displayed on a dedicated webpage, a data hub, with the aim of supporting evidence-based policy-making nationally. They would also facilitate the use of equality data for analysis and advocacy purposes.
The decisions on the structure of the website and the indicator areas were made based on consultation with the discrimination monitoring group, which is a large horizontal expert group on equality data in Finland (see related practice also in this compendium). This was done to ensure that the data on display corresponds to the needs of different stakeholders. In addition, the project has been subject to continuous internal evaluation, e.g. through stakeholder workshops, to identify further needs.
The preparation phase of the practice included identification of five indicator areas covering a range of issues related to equality and non-discrimination:
In the first phase, researchers prepared a report with data on these indicator areas in order to develop the baseline for the data hub. The data from this report was then structured and published under these areas. Newly-published statistics and research results will be updated on the website regularly.
The discrimination grounds under review are those that are listed in national anti-discrimination legislation. These are: age; origin; nationality; language; religion; belief; opinion; political activity; trade union activity; family circumstances; health; disability; sexual orientation or other personal characteristics.
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