Two people bagging face masks at a large table at STOA this year.

Human Rights Day seminar to discuss impact of coronavirus crisis on equality on 10 December

The effects of the coronavirus crisis are not distributed evenly among the population, which is something that must be considered in managing the crisis and planning for the future. On the International Human Rights Day on 10.12.2020 at 13:00–15:30, City of Helsinki will be organising an online seminar themed around the impacts of the coronavirus crisis on human rights, equality and equal opportunity.

The effects of the coronavirus epidemic and lockdown measures on the fundamental rights of citizens and the provision of fair and equal services have been a cause of concern in Helsinki and other parts of Finland through the year, and for good reason. The same has also been true throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The impacts of the coronavirus emergency are not distributed evenly among the population, which is why the perspective of equality must have a prominent role in the measures to manage and recover from the crisis.

On the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, City of Helsinki will be organising an online seminar themed around the effects of the coronavirus crisis on human rights, equality and equal opportunity. The Human Rights Day is celebrated each year on 10 December, because the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

Human Rights Day seminar

The initial part of the Human Rights Day seminar will include three fascinating expert talks addressing the effects of the coronavirus crisis on fundamental rights in Europe and the well-being of minorities in Finland.


The panel discussion in the second portion will take a particular focus on the municipal perspective: what the coronavirus crisis has meant in terms of practical equality in municipal services this year. Other considerations include what the new normal means for municipalities from the perspective of equality and what lessons have been learned during the emergency conditions that can help promote equality in the future.

The seminar is open to all, and the deadline for registrations is 7.12.2020, 16:00.
All those who have registered for the event will receive a Teams link on 8.12.2020.
There will be no permanent recording of the event.


Programme:

Welcome address and practical instructions 13:00–13:10
Expert introductions 13:10–14:30
The coronavirus pandemic in the EU – fundamental rights implications (in English)
Policy Analyst Martha Stickings, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights FRA
Effects of the coronavirus epidemic on those born abroad
Project Manager Natalia Skogberg, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
LGBTQ+ people and organisations during the coronavirus crisis
Senior Researcher and Docent Jukka Lehtonen, University of Helsinki / WeAll project
Break 14:30–14:35
Panel discussion 14:35–15:25: Effects of the coronavirus crisis on equality and equal opportunity in municipalities
Deputy Mayor for Culture and Leisure Nasima Razmyar
Director of the Human Rights Centre Sirpa Rautio
Director of Social Work and Family Service for the City of Vaasa Erkki Penttinen
Deputy Secretary General Ilmary Nalbantoglu, Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi
The discussion will be moderated by Executive Director of the Timeout Foundation Laura Arikka.
Seminar ends at 15:30

Read more:

Equal Helsinki

Impacts of the Coronavirus crisis in Europe (in English)

Published 24 November and updated 8 and 10 December.

Photo: Virpi Peltola, City of Helsinki Media Bank