Ombudsman for Equality

The Ombudsman for Equality is an independent authority whose main duty is to supervise compliance with the Act on Equality between Women and Men.

Tasks of the Ombudsman for Equality: 

  • Monitoring compliance with the Act on Equality between Women and Men, particularly its prohibitions of discrimination
  • Providing information about the Equality Act and its application
  • Promoting the implementation of the Equality Act’s intention by means of initiatives, advice and guidance
  • Monitoring the implementation of equality between women and men in different sectors of society
  • Taking action to promote reconciliation in matters concerning discrimination referred to in the Equality Act.

The Ombudsman has powers on matters related to gender, gender identity and gender expression. The powers of the Ombudsman consist of both combating discrimination and promoting equality. The Ombudsman carries out his tasks primarily by providing guidance and advice.

The Ombudsman for Equality is located under the administrative branch of the Ministry of Justice.


Jukka Maarianvaara started as Ombudsman for Equality on 18 April 2017. In November 2022 he moved on to another task. After that senior specialist Pirkko Janas works as a deputy in the task.

The new Ombudsman will be appointed in early 2023. The term on office is always five years.