To me, this day means that we are equal in the way we are perceived by the talents we have or will acquire, rather than through the stereotypical boxes we are put into.
Today we raise our flags for equality here in Finland and celebrate Minna Canth, the forerunner of women’s equal rights here in Finland.
We often here speeches on how Finland is as equal as it possible nowadays, but that does not mean that we are yet in a place, where all the work for equal rights could be halted. We have still a lot a of work to do, also here in Helsinki.
As we celebrate today, we should not focus on gender equality, especially since we still tend to think of gender as a binary system, which it isn’t. We also need to focus on equality as intersectional, penetrating all the levels of society.
To me, this day means that we are equal in the way we are perceived by the talents we have or will acquire, rather than through the stereotypical boxes we are put into. I rather be judged by the abilities I have acquired thus far and also by my want to excel in the areas, in which I am not yet expert in, than, for example, my sexual orientation.
The reason I am running for Helsinki city council, is that I want to make sure all of us have I say in how this city perceives us and what kind of opportunities it caters to us. Because we all are entitled to get the same treatment and same opportunities, as parts of the fabric, which makes this our city, our Helsinki.
Whether we all speak the same language, pray to the same god or live in the same apartment building, we all deserve the same opportunities in building this city upwards, or sideways. This means making sure that we all have to opportunity to understand what needs to be decided and we all an opportunity to have a say in it. Whether or not decisions are to liking, the main thing is that we know that we are heard.
Helsinki a a metropolitan city, by Finnish standards, and that means that we have a great opportunity to keep on enhancing our standards of living with various influences from different cultures. In order to pick the best practises, we need to keep talking and listening and make sure we have enough opportunities to get people talking to each other!
Helsinki belongs to you, me and to everyone, who wants to make this city thrive, one decision at a time!