Martha Organization

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1899-03-29 Helsinki Finland


Towards the end of the 19th century Finland was struggling through hard times under the Russian Empire. A number of far-sighted women understood that in order to withstand the hardships Finland needed to start educational work at grass-root level, which is why the Martha Association was founded in 1899. Advice on very basic skills was needed in the home, and the association started to do home economics work, first by making house-to-house visits which soon developed into planned courses.

As time passed the Martha organization gained a firm footing both in rural areas and in towns. Its current membership in 2022 is around 40 000, majority of whom are women. The members are organized into more than 1000 local clubs headed by democratically elected leaders. The organization is divided into 14 districts. Each district association has an executive director, employed home economics specialists and an elected board. The national Marttaliitto (The Martha Association) has its headquarters in Helsinki. A magazine called Martat has been published since 1902, and material on home economics is produced continuously. The organization has received a State subsidy since 1907 for the expenses incurred by home economics.


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District Associations (14), each with Elected Board and Executive Director; Headquarters based in Helsinki (Finland).


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GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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