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I am Olga Haapa-aho, a 29-year-old politician of the Greens of Finland. I study Social Policy at the University of Tampere and work as Secretary for Social Welfare Affairs at Tamy, the Student Union of University of Tampere.
Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to make a difference and to have an influence on society. I first became aware of social evils when I was eight years old and listened to my sister’s stories about the destruction of rainforests and Ken Saro-Wiwa. My family and I spent that winter in Nicaragua, which further provoked my interest in political issues such as poverty, inequality, and global justice. Naturally, my view of the world has evolved since, but the core concerns have remained the same: human rights, inequality both in Finland and globally, and taking care of the environment.
The issues that I am especially interested in are promoting the basic income system, public welfare services, equality, and animal rights. I believe that an unconditional basic income system would be a just and simple way of ensuring essential livelihood for all, regardless of their situation. The current bureaucratic system humiliates people and discourages work and enterprise. It is time to update Finnish social security to meet today’s needs. In addition to basic income, public health and welfare services are crucial in fighting social inequality. The funding for public services must be secured.
As a feminist, I strongly feel that sex, ethnicity and social standing or class, among other things, should not restrict anyone’s possibilities to express oneself, study, work, or start a family. In order to achieve this, we need more equality in working life and in the division of parental leaves; we need to promote education of minorities; we need better support systems; and we need to make the residence permit process more equitable.
I also want to speak up for animal welfare and to promote sustainable food production. One of my goals is to impose stricter constraints on factory farming and facilitate the production of vegetarian options by subsidization.
For further information, please contact me (email@example.com). See my CV below for more information on my work history and educational background.
2006 Finnish Matriculation Examination, Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School
2014 Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Tampere
- Major subject: Social Policy
- Minor subjects: Women’s Studies, Spanish Language and Culture, Environmental Politics
Work Experience and Positions of Trust
City of Tampere
2013–2017 Tampere City Council, deputy member
2015-2017 Tampere City Board, deputy member
2015-2017 Tampere City Board’s Human Resources Section, deputy chairperson
2013–2017 Committee for Services Promoting Culture and Quality of Life, deputy member
2013–2015 Committee for Senior Citizens’ Services, deputy member
2013–2015 Committee for Services Promoting Health and Functional Ability, member
Greens of Finland
2011–2016 Virnu ry – Tampere’s local youth wing of the Greens of Finland, board member
2012–2013 Virnu ry, chairperson
2011–2016 Kalevi ry – the Greens of the Kaleva neighbourhood, board member
2016 Kalevi ry – the Greens of the Kaleva neighbourhood, chairperson
2016 Committee of animal rights of Greens of Finland, chairperson
2013 BIEN Finland – Finnish Basic Income Earth Network, board member
University of Tampere
2010–2012 Committee for Student Financial Aid, vice chairperson
2011–2012 NaMi – Women’s and Men’s Studies student organization, board member
2010 Department of Social Research, member of board of directors
2011–2012 Tampere Student Housing Foundation, deputy board member
2013–2016 Tampere Student Housing Foundation, board member
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)
2011–2017 FSHS Tampere Unit, member of board of directors
2014–2015 FSHS Tampere Unit, chairperson of board of directors
Student Union of University of Tampere (Tamy)
2011– Secretary for Social Welfare Affairs
2010–2011 Council of Representatives, member
2010 Executive Board, member
- Area of responsibility: Social Welfare Affairs
Finnish Immigration Service