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Helvi Sipilä Dies

Helvi Sipilä has died at the age of 94. Helvi Sipilä was the first ever woman U.N. Assistant Secretary-General. Her specific area of responsibility was the Center for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, where she served from 1972 to 1980.

Helvi Sipilä 1970-luvulla otetussa valokuvassa.

Among the achievements during her period of office were the first U.N. International Womens Year and its related world conference in 1974-75. Later she was appointed Chairperson of the Finnish association of the U.N. Development Fund.

Helvi Sipilä began her career as a lawyer in the 1940’s. In 1982, she was also the first women to stand as a presidential candidate in Finland.

Throughout her career, Helvi Sipilä was a promoter of womens rights, which she felt had been ignored in many societies and constituted a great setback to development.

Helvi Sipilä received numerous honours including a total of twelve doctorates in universities and other institutes of higher education. She was granted the title of Minister in 2001.

Sources: YLE

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