KivaQ joins 100 acts for gender equality project to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence

KivaE equality questionnaire, developed by KivaQ Ltd, has been accepted as an act in 100 acts for gender equality project. The project is a part of the celebrations and official programme of the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. It is coordinated by The National Council of Women of Finland and Council for Gender Equality.

          Our aim was to develop a tool that is easy to use and helps companies and organisations promote equality from their own perspective, says KivaQ’s Development Director Tarja Arkio.

          With the KivaE questionnaire it is possible to indentify possible experiences of discrimination or inappropriate treatment due to i.e. gender, age or ethnic origin. The questionnaire also demonstrates the different roles played by top-management, middle managers and employees in promoting equality. Those responsible for drafting the mandatory equality plan at workplaces also benefit from the questionnaire, says Arkio.

KivaE Questionnaire has already been tested in the municipality of Kristinestad, where more than 200 employees responded. The results were presented to the management board of the municipality and to the personnel. Kristinestad will use the results when drafting its equality plan. In addition, the questionnaire has been piloted in training sessions organised by different organisations, ie. by the NGO Sector of the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff YTN.

The user friendly, on-line questionnaire will be published before the end of the year. Companies and organisations can order the survey easily from KivaQ webpage in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Further information on 100 acts for gender equality project is found at project’s homepage   or from