Sanna Marin, Finland’s Prime Minister, has spoken out on plans to reform the trans law so that trans people can legally identify themselves

When asked if she sees trans women as women, she said, “It’s not my job to identify people. It’s everyone’s job to identify”

The controversial trans law requires trans people to undergo lengthy mental health examinations and forced sterilization in order to obtain legal gender recognition

In 2017, a bill to reform the law failed due to the lack of support from MPs. Only eight of the 17 committee members supported the bill

A new law reforming the law will be presented to parliament next year For the first time, all five parties in the coalition are in favor of reform

Marin said: “Finland has always had coalition governments, so we are used to compromising and finding consensus between different parties”

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that the requirement for sterilization so that people can change their legal gender recognition was a human rights violation, however, the Finnish government has chosen not to implement its recommendations

For the past 10 years, the World Health Organization and several United Nations subsidiaries have called for the “elimination of forced, compulsory and other involuntary sterilizations”

Sakris Kupila, a trans activist, was denied legal gender recognition after refusing forced sterilization. With the support of Amnesty International, he led an international campaign to reform the Trans Act

Transactivist Kasper Kivisto has met with the current coalition to provide advice on proposed reforms, saying: “We have the youngest female leader of a country, but by itself it’s just a sign it must have the support of the system before it actually makes a difference ”

Antti Rinne, Finland’s last prime minister, had planned to remove the sterilization requirement from the legislature, but he resigned before putting the plan into practice. He had also planned to ban surgeries on intersex infants

Marin’s government is pushing the Reformation with a new gender equality program that will introduce new strategies to close the gender pay gap, tackle domestic violence and improve educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds

Some have criticized this program for failing to realize that these problems disproportionately affect people with color. Marin has insisted that the equality program will improve the lives of racist minorities in Finland

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World News – FI – The Finnish Feminist Prime Minister Sanna Marin advocates the right of transsexuals to identify themselves