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City of Tampere invests in systematic work towards equality – “We want to become the capital of equality”

Published 28.11.2019 10.47

The City of Tampere will implement a number of actions that promote equality under the “Tampere. Equally yours” theme. The first actions to be published promote the equality of children and young people, as well as the equality of event activities. Equality has also been chosen as the leading theme in the City’s application for the European Capital of Culture.

Maisema Pispalanharjusta

The City of Tampere wants to highlight the significance of equality and initiates a number of actions that make Tampere an even better place to live and work. Tampere. Equally yours will start on 2 December 2019 at the celebration event of the Finnish Government’s International Gender Equality Prize (IGEP) that will be organised in Tampere. Further actions will be published starting next year.

Tampere region has applied for the European Capital of Culture 2026. Equality has been selected as the leading theme.

“Tampere wants to be the capital of equality by 2026. At the core of this are the citizens, local communities, companies, and the city’s own organisation. We promote equality actively together", explains Lauri Lyly, the Mayor of Tampere. “The significance of equality has also become recognised internationally. The focus is on the wellbeing of all operators within the society. We have challenged all municipalities in the Tampere region to implement actions that promote equality. This means enhancing the everyday life of local residents and promoting the success of municipalities."

The first actions to be published promote the equality of children and young people, and the equality of event activities.

1. Investing in children and young people

The investments made by the City of Tampere in children and young people will in 2020 be reflected in participatory budgeting, the Taidekaari cultural education programme, and the promotion of activity opportunities for children.

In participatory budgeting, the City of Tampere will make a reservation in the budget for 2020 towards promoting the wellbeing of children and young people. Participatory budgeting is a method in which local residents submit their ideas related to the given theme, develop these ideas at workshops, and then select the ones to be implemented through voting.

“All persons who are at least 12 years old can vote. The opinions of younger children will also be taken into account in the voting phase", says Eveliina Kiema-Majanen, the equality coordinator of the City of Tampere.

Another action that promotes equality is reducing the differences in wellbeing among children and young people by means of the Tampere Junior development programme. The vision of the programme is “the best city in Finland for growing up". The aim is to enhance the activity opportunities of, in particular, children and young people in Tampere.

The equality of children and young people is also being promoted through the Taidekaari cultural education programme. The programme has been implemented successfully in previous years and, starting in 2020, the programme will be made permanent through the City’s own funding and will cover all grades of primary education. Every primary school student in Tampere has the opportunity to take part in the programme. In previous years, 93% of the students have participated in the programme. In 2020, the themes of Taidekaari will be equality and sustainable development.

As the fourth action, the City of Tampere will introduce a strength diploma, which is given to students on their last grade of primary school. It is distributed to all students at the end of the school year, together with the report. The diploma will specify the strengths of each student.

The aim of the diploma is to strengthen each student’s self-image and understanding of their positive characteristics. The strength diploma will be introduced in all primary schools in Tampere.

2. Promoting event activities

The City of Tampere will in 2020 serve as the venue for several large events that promote equality. The Homeless World Cup football tournament will be organised in Tampere at the turn of June and July. The tournament will bring together over 500 players from more than 50 countries. All players have been homeless at some point of their life. Seminars and other activities that promote equality will also be organised in connection to the tournament.

In September 2020, the Accessible Arts and Culture 2.0 event that promotes equality and accessibility through arts and culture will be organised in Tampere.

The City is also involved in the Everyone’s Festival project which aims to promote the equality and accessibility of events. Together with Accessible Arts and Culture, the City will in 2020 organise workshops aimed at local event organisers, where they will learn about the accessibility of events and prepare accessibility plans.

Further information

Equality Coordinator Eveliina Kiema-Majanen Tel. +358 (0)40 801 6188

Photos Laura Vanzo