We are all equal at youth centres and outside of them

We at youth services are constantly working towards a more anti-racist future in a goal-oriented manner. The goals of the I Am Antiracist campaign include raising awareness of racism and anti-racism and encouraging onlookers to intervene in racist conduct.

Join the campaign by highlighting measures for building a Finland free of racism. You can contribute to the campaign by sharing anti-racist acts and ideas on social media using the hashtags #OlenAntirasisti #JägÄrAntirasist #IAmAntiracist. Be sure to also tag the creator of the campaign, @yhdenvertaisuusvaltuutettu, so that your post can be shared on the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman’s account as well.

How to tackle racism?

Here at youth services, we subscribe to the principles of safer spaces. We do not tolerate any kind of harassment, discrimination, bullying or violence. Youth centres must be places where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. We are all equal.

“Equality refers to the equal value of all people regardless of origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, language, religion or personal conviction, opinion, disability, state of health, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics.” (source: https://yhdenvertaisuus.fi/en/glossary)

You can encounter racism in all kinds of everyday situations, and tackling it is crucial for promoting equality. Every one of us can reduce racism through our own actions.

But how do you tackle racism? Start by checking out these five tips provided by the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman.

We also recommend checking out the video interview with Elias from East Helsinki, in which he talks about the racism that he has experienced and his attitude towards it.

Let us work together to build a future free of racism!

Photo: Elisa Seppänen