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Me, Petra 


I am 38 years old and I have lived in Helsinki for the most of my life. I got into municipal politics because as a social worker I witnessed things that I could not influence as much as I felt that was necessary, and I realized solutions would need political decisions. Currently, I am a member of the city council as well as a member of the board of education and care, and a vice member of its Finnish sub-committee. I am standing as a candidate in the 2019 parliamentary elections because our future depends on better decisions about climate, education and social politics.


In the city council, I have made initiatives for increasing the wages of the jobs where the workers are predominantly female (this is now being implemented by the city), for reducing the emissions of air travel, for extra personnel to education, for the safety of pedestrian crossings, for promoting street art and for making use of left-over food. In the education board I have defended special education, sufficient amount of staff and the equal right for early education for all children.


I am a PhD. (doctoral) candidate of social work in the University of Helsinki. Before starting my work at the university, I have worked as an social worker for adults in eastern Helsinki and as a senior social worker in Espoo. In my dissertation, I examine the implementation of art-based methods in social work for promoting democracy and participation. I have a master’s degree in political sciences with a major in social work. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Services. I have also worked as a social advisor for adults, youth and the elderly.


I am a feminist: human rights, the environment and animal rights are important for me. On my free time, I have participated in various activities in human rights organizations. My dearest hobbies are singing and writing. 



My Campaign Goals



FOR SOCIAL AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES



Let’s construct a social and health care system that relies on public services, that takes care for everyone, and where it is easy to find the services one needs. The services must not be built on the terms of those who are well-off.


We should invest in basic services so that the need for special services decreases in the future. We must be bold in investing in preventive actions and low-threshold services.


The appreciation for the competent social and health care professionals should be reflected in their pay check. The wages must be increased and working conditions must be improved.


Those who use the services as well as the workers must have opportunities for participation and to influence the services. The significance of peer support must be taken into account better than before.


The level of the minimum social security has to be raised and the social security system needs to be simpler for the applicants.


A legislation for the maximum ratio of clients to social worker needs to be established. 


 

FOR EDUCATION AND SCIENCE


The staffing levels of early education need to be sufficient also in day-to-day activities, every day and each moment of the day. The subjective right to early education and smaller group sizes need to be fixed by law.


Special support needs to be made available for everyone in need from early education to basic education and upper secondary education.


The quality of vocational upper secondary education needs to be more strictly fixed by law.


Equal opportunities for all in basic education need to be ensured for all regardless of the region.  


Climate awareness and non-discrimination have to be more strongly included in basic education and early education. Gender equality has to be taken care of in early education.


The appreciation of qualified personnel has to show in their wages: the wages must be raised and working conditions put in order.


The basic funding for science has to be taken care of: science and research are the basis for know-how. We must hold on to our research and researchers: it is important for the climate, education as well as for social and health care services. The recognition of the skills and education obtained abroad must be made easier.


We must pursue knowledge based policies and bring research to bear on our decisions.



FOR CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT


Non-carbon and non-peat Finland by 2025.


Finland must levy a tax on aviation and invest in developing rail transport.


The energy efficiency of houses must be improved, the quality of construction must be invested in and the indoor air problems must be dealt with.


A shift toward more plant-based diet must be made easier via policies and domestic producers must be supporter in this process.


Mining laws must be revised and mining that is causing permanent damage to the environment must be stopped.


Animal laws must be revised and the welfare of every animal and their possibilities for species-typical behaviour must be guaranteed.



FOR CULTURE


The role of arts must be strengthened in basic education. All children and young people must have a right to have art as their hobby.


We must find new ways for artists’ subsistence and find secure the possibilities of those art forms that are in an especially vulnerable position.


New and applied art forms must be supported along with the established ones, rather than pitting them against one another.



FOR EQUALITY


The period of family-related leave must be prolonged according to the 6+6+6 model so that parents can divide the leave more equally.


A wage program must be formulated in order to implement the equal pay principles.


The transgender law must be revised. The laws must ensure the right for self-determination for all.


The legislation concerning domestic violence must better ensure the security of the victims. The access to services for victims (and for the perpetrators) must be swift across Finland.


The asylum system must treat everyone equally and humanely. Family reunification must be made easier in order to facilitate faster integration.


The housing costs in the capital region must be tackled by building affordable housing so that everyone has an equal opportunity for housing.   

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