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How can wages and incomes that enable all workers and producers live a decent life be reached?

Rume Siemuri | 19.12.2017

As a wing member you can take part in many interesting events. Rume Siemuri, member of TYY's Development Cooperation Wing took part in 3 events this autumn. Are you interested in Development Cooperation Wing? Read more on their website and Facebook page.

Fair Trade's seminar

October 16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Helsinki experienced the discussions amongst the representatives of key actors – companies, governments, trade unions, NGOs and consumers – in answering the one question: what can each key player do? … to ensure living wages and incomes are earned by all workers and producers globally.

This proactive seminar organized by Fairtrade Finland provided reports and other presentations from representatives of: (1) Fairtrade international (Wilbert Flinterman – the importance of having and working towards living wage benchmarks that serve as promoters for progress or change), (2) UIF Africa (Int’l Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Worker’s Association) (Adwoa Sakyi – the practicalities, challenges and achievements being experienced in Ghana while working towards reaching appropriate living wages, (3) SAK (The Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions) (Pekka Ristelä) – the vital role of trade unions and collective bargaining in achieving living wages. Other headliners included viewpoints from the NGO (Sustainability) S-Group (Lea Rankinen) and Finlayson (Elli Ojala) about the effects and benefits of influencing by cooperating and the corporate responsibilities of SME’s (companies) respectively.

As estimated by the ILO (International Labour Organization), 780 million women and men are working but not earning enough to live with their families above $2 (USD) a-day poverty. This means every tenth person in the world. Fourteen living wage benchmarks have been calculated by the Global Living Wage Coalition and Fairtrade (one of its founding members) around the world. These benchmarks are aimed at promoting serious discussion and support for each actors work towards living wages.

Afterwards, a panel discussion anchored by Tytti Nahi (Advocacy Manger, Fairtrade Finland) had amongst other representatives of key actors; Rauno Merisaari (Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy, Finnish Foreign Ministry), Sonja Vartiala (Executive Director, Finnwatch). Then, Janne Sivonen (Executive Director, Fairtrade Finland) shared some closing thoughts.

It is noteworthy that, a living wage or income enables a worker or producer cater for her or his family’s essential needs, and have a little extra to save.

Further Info: (Global Wage Reports)


Somalialainen Ilta

The Kultturiareena Gloria, Helsinki on 26.10.2017, hosted individuals, friends and organizations that are part of the Somalia network to an event that;

(1) celebrated the Somali culture (in music, fashion, art and craft)

(2) provided reports about the various corporation projects being carried out in Somalia and the projects being carried out by the Somali youths in Finland;

Other reports included agricultural and school education projects including the Buddyschool project that facilitates the learning motivation and learning outcomes of young immigrants in Helsinki through peer education, for example. This report was presented by the buddyschool project crew led by Irma Sippola (project Manager) ( The Hill Hooyo – neuvola maailmalle project’s activities and progress presented by Sanni Isometsä (Project coordinator and former member TYYn Kehysiipi) was about the training of the trainers of Somali midwives towards promoting improved midwifery services.

(3) promoted the creativity and artistry of Somalians that have chosen career paths in the entertainment industry (acting and music)

A film by Khadar Ahmed (The Night Thief - Trailer of the film 

A Somali man’s car starts to disappear mysteriously at night. When he decides to catch the thief, things take an unexpected turn.

The chairman of the Somalia network in Finland (Abdulkadir Abdi) and the deputy executive director (Sanna Olli) also presented the achievements of the network and sheared words appreciating members of the network for their support and goodwill.


2017 Development Policy Day in Finland

Organized by Kepa (the platform for over 300 Finnish Civil Organizations – CSOs) at the Musiikkitalo, Helsinki on 3 November, 2017 the event was themed: Maailma On Meidän (the world is ours). Two sessions were organized. The first, titled: Civic Activism in Transition had presentations from Activism experts such as Richard Youngs (CARNEGIE EUROPE) – on Global Activism Today (a presentation that highlighted the development of Activism over time and analyzed the political and social actions and effects thereof) and reports from the activists about their campaign such as the Tahdon Campaign – Equal Marriage Law (by Milla Halme), Päätepysäkki syrjinnälle (end stops for discrimination) campaign (by Kaari Mattila and Reetta Helander – the Finnish League of Human Rights), and a video report on safeguarding the work of activists in Kenya (by Phyllis Omido – awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize 2015) (see: and ).

Afterwards, Laura Nurminen (Ministry of Justiice) was interviewed on the Significance and role of civic activism in democracy.

The second part, titled: Anatomy of Activism began shortly after a coffee break. It had experts from different fields debate on key questions. Inka Hetemäki (UNICEF) and Frank Johansson (AMNESTY Int’l) dealt with issues concerning whether activism is a real force of social chang, Nina Patanen from the Finnish Refugee Council and Aleksi Pahkala of the E.G. Peli Poikki and Meillä on Unelma (i.e. Game over & We have a dream) demonstrations, trashed out matters regarding how people can be mobilized, while Jukka Kurttila (Finlayson) and Visa Viljamaa (Kallio Congregation, Helsinki) were head to head on the issues related to the question – to whom does activism belong?

Kepa – an expert on global developmental issues, believes in possibilities of solving the greatest development challenges – climate change, inequality and poverty this time, by making right decisions.

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