Minister Pekonen: Non-discrimination and equality must become reality every day
The new Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, is the patron of the ongoing Helsinki Pride. On Saturday, June 29, the week will culminate in a parade, which Minister Pekonen will attend.
Non-discrimination, fair treatment and gender equality cannot be taken for granted.
"Although many think that all people are equal in Finland these days, many members of gender and sexual minorities – young people in particular – experience a lot of discrimination and harassment", says Minister Pekonen.
According to the Minister, Finland is not complete yet in this respect either:
"We must work to make equality reality each day in the everyday life of us all. Each one of us deserves a safe living environment."
"Happiness and love belong to us all, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen reminds."