A feminist city is planned on everyone’s terms
The same city can look very different to different people.
Whereas one person finds public transport convenient, another may find it impossible to use the tram in a wheelchair. It may be impossible to access mental health services in one’s mother tongue. A dark underpass may not scare everyone, but some will take a detour to avoid it.
A feminist city takes into account the diversity and different needs of city-dwellers. When a city is feminist, it is planned and developed on everyone’s terms, not just for one type of a dweller.
We deserve a Helsinki where everyone is safe regardless of their position, and where it’s possible to lead a meaningful life. The city’s diverse population is a source of richness that must be considered in decisions as well as in official speeches.
A Feminist Helsinki means, for example:
- Employer policy that supports equality
- Public services that are accessible and high-quality for everyone
- Low-threshold opportunities to participate and resident-driven city planning
Let’s make sustainability happen – the climate won’t wait
Climate change is the biggest crisis of our time. We’ve reached a point where it’s not enough for climate policy to be just one policy area among others. Climate policy must be at the centre of everything, part of every policy area.
Construction must be sustainable. Transport must be sustainable. Eating must be sustainable. Decision-makers need to create the kind of Helsinki where the ordinary everyday life of an ordinary city-dweller is automatically climate-friendly. That’s the only way we can keep our planet inhabitable.
More than anything, we must act against climate change on a structural level. Society must be changed in a socially just way: the cost of the crisis must not be dumped on those that already have too little. We must fight against climate catastrophe while strengthening the structures of the welfare state, creating jobs, and building better lives for city-dwellers.
A sustainable Helsinki means, for example:
- That we create a climate budget and assess the climate impacts of each decision.
- That we construct the city by re-using what exists already and prioritise the environment when choosing materials.
- That we enjoy a car-free city centre and excellent routes for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised transport.
Let’s make Helsinki the best student city in the world
Helsinki is home to many different groups. One in every ten residents is a student in higher education. Their voices deserve to be heard in our city.
Students are often active young people who appreciate a well-functioning city. At the same time, Helsinki is an expensive city to live in for many low-income students.
Decision-makers need to create an environment where students can focus on their studies and enjoy student life in their free time.
Taking students into consideration in city politics pays off because it benefits other groups as well, such as other young people and low-income residents.
A student-friendly Helsinki includes:
- Affordable housing of high quality
- Well-functioning public transport – including between Eastern and Western parts of the city and at night
- Opportunities to spend time in non-commercial and vibrant city spaces that are accessible to everybody