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Helsinki participates in the opening event of the Week Against Racism

The Week Against Racism campaign will be kicked off in a showy fashion on Monday 20 March at the Narinkkatori square in Helsinki. The event will have almost 40 exhibitors presenting their activities and offering music, games, and programme to the children. City of Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen opens the campaign. The City participates by exhibiting ways to make Helsinki a safer and more open place for everyone.

The #minäpäätän #jagbestämmer #idecide campaign highlights how everyone can take part in creating an equal and safe community and society that is open to all.The #minäpäätän #jagbestämmer #idecide campaign highlights how everyone can take part in creating an equal and safe community and society that is open to all.

At the Narinkkatori square, you can visit the City of Helsinki's Meeting Point Café, where multilingual instructors make visitors meet by means of a light-hearted language game. The Meeting Point Cafés were initiated close to the reception centres, when a large number of asylum seekers came to Helsinki. Nowadays, the cafés, that are arranged in different parts of Helsinki, bring together people who have recently moved to Helsinki and people who have lived here for longer.

The City of Helsinki's the Life Skills for a Changing Finland programme will also be presented at the event. Its goal is to reduce racism and conflicts rooted in the fear of dissimilarity. The programme also provides concrete tools for solving conflicts.

The Ole Hyvä Helsinki (Here You Are Helsinki) project arranges an open art workshop at the event. At the workshop, led by a professional artist, the participants make photo cartoons about restrictive norms.

The Youth Centre's Safe stadi project is also among the participants on the Narinkkatori square. The project wants to make Helsinki an even safer and funnier city.

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