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Maria

* 32-year-old, Master of Social Sciences, PhD student, poverty researcher, politician, Vice Chair of The Greens of Finland (2015->), spokesperson of Federation of Green Youth and Students in Finland in 2013-2014

* A Deputy Member of the Helsinki City Council and a Candidate at the Municipality Elections in 9th of April 2017. Main themes: Everybody’s Helsinki where the city creates possibilities for everyone, fights poverty, is equal and is a good place to live alone but also with other people.

* I love to exercise, cycle and play and collect retro Nintendo games

Political career

* I was a candidate at the Parliamentary Elections in Finland in Spring 2015 and got 4087 votes in Helsinki.

* I was a candidate at the European Parliamentary Elections (European Elections) in 2014, and got 3089 votes.

* I was a candidate at the Municipal Elections in autumn 2012, and became a Deputy Member of Helsinki City Council with 612 votes.

In local elections in Helsinki in 2012 I received 612 votes and became elected as a Deputy Member of the City Council. In 2013 I was a Member of the Youth Committee of the City Council and in the on-going period (2014-2016), I am a board member of HUS – The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa – a joint authority formed by 24 municipalities. I acted as the Chairperson of the International Affairs Working Group of ViNO – Green youth and student in Finland in 2011. In 2012, I was a Member of the Board of ViNO, where I was in charge of international affairs. During 2013, I co-chaired ViNO together with Veli-Matti Partanen and in 2014 I continued the work together with Aaro Häkkinen. I have been a Member of the Greens’ Social Policy and Health Working Group in 2010-2011. I am also a Member of the Green Party Congress during the on-going period 2013-2015.

I acted as the Chairperson in a Youth Working Group of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs that reflected the Future of the Nordic Cooperation in 2012. I have also been a Board Member of the Youth League of the Finnish Norden Association in 2012. I have also been candidating at the Parish elections of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and have been holding few positions of trust. During the period 2014-2017 I am a Member of the Council of the Social Science Professionals (Labour Market Organisation).

Personal life

I graduated from Mäkelänrinne high school of sports in 2004. Previously I have played football in the FC Kontu and Vuosaari Vikings, as well as practiced track and field in the Helsingin Kisa-Veikot -team. I completed my Master’s degree from the Helsinki University in 2011 majoring in social policy. Currently I am a Doctoral Student in sociology in the University of Eastern Finland. I am researching food aid and poverty. Previously I have been conducting my research in food aid and long-term homelessness in Socca, which is The Centre of Excellence on Social Welfare in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. I have been an exchange student in Uppsala University Sweden in 2007-2008 and worked as an intern at the Embassy of Finland in Stockholm in 2009. I have also studied at Sorbonne University in Paris in 2010 and at University of Oxford in 2016.

Municipal Elections 2017

Stop poverty

We are better off than ever before, yet some of us are left behind. Decision-makers must prevent poverty, build affordable housing, end homelessness and provide free, high-quality preschools, educational opportunities, libraries and community centers. Prevention of inequality and poverty is good for everyone’s well-being.

Feminism

Helsinki must be equal. Feminism stands for equality for all genders. Employing almost 40,000 people, more than any employer in Finland, Helsinki has to promote equality and be non-discriminatory. Old-fashioned gender roles need to be challenged so that people can be themselves.

Opportunities

Helsinki is a city that creates opportunities for everyone to live happy lives, to get education, to recreate, make friends, fall in love, work, do business, to make new beginnings. All residents should be able to renew the city, and the city should create opportunities for this.

Living alone, living together

Living alone does not mean loneliness, it is the preferred way of housing for many. However, singles face a risk of poverty. Lively cities and public spaces are good for building communities. We need more small and affordable apartments, but also new ways of living together. Helsinki has to end homelessness.