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2019/06/04 11:38am

Vaasa will fly flags for equality during Pride Week

Vaasa will celebrate Pride Week, 10–16 June, to promote the rights of sexual and gender minorities. Throughout the week, the City of Vaasa will fly rainbow flags on flagpoles along the pedestrian precinct in the centre.

The purpose of the pride event is to remind us that everyone has equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

- One of the city's important tasks is to promote equality and human rights as well as welfare based on these fundamental rights. We want Vaasa to be an equal and safe place to live for everyone, says the chair of the city council, Maria Tolppanen.

The Pride event is organized by Vaasan Seta ry. More information about the programme can be found on the association's pages

An investigation into how equality can be implemented will be made in the autumn

In the autumn, the City of Vaasa will initiate an investigation into how equality can be put into practice within the city's various forms of service.

- In this work, we also include residents and representatives of organisations, says development co-ordinator Marjo Hannu-Jama from Vaasa's urban development committee.

In 2018, Vaasa was a pilot municipality in the national Rainbow Rights project. Through this, it has been possible, among other things, to support the planning of issues relating to equality rights. Workshops and training on the subject have been arranged for those working at the City of Vaasa.

- Through the project work, awareness of the diversity of the sexes and equal treatment have been strengthened, for example, in customer service, says Hannu-Jama.

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