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United Nations Association of Jyväskylä’s equality plan 2022

 

Equality in the United Nations Association of Jyväskylä

In its activities the United Nations Association of Jyväskylä (JyYK) promotes the goals of the United Nations and spreads awareness of them. At the center of the activities are the three founding pillars of UN: Human Rights, Sustainable Development, and Peace and Security. 

According to the UN, ‘the human rights-based approach is a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights.  It seeks to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of development problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede development progress and often result in groups of people being left behind’ (UNSDG | Human Rights-Based Approach).

Following the principle of human rights, JyYK considers equality important for our activities and the board’s work.

The Finnish constitution discussed equality and discrimination. People are equal before the constitution and discrimination is activity that must be intervened. According the section 6 of the non-discrimination law, no one may be treated differently from other persons grounded on age, origin, citizenship, language, religion, conviction, opinion, political activity, trade union participation, family ties, health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. Discrimination is prohibited, regardless of whether it is based on a fact or assumption concerning the person him/herself or another. In addition to direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, denial of reasonable accommodation as well as an instruction or order to discriminate constitute discrimination. According the section 9 of non-discrimination act, proportionate different treatment that aims to promote de facto equality, or to prevent or remove the disadvantages attributable to discrimination, does not constitute discrimination.

In its activity JyYK will consider equality through different factors and viewpoints and seek to make its events and activity as approachable as possible for everyone. JyYK will take all kinds of people into account and respect difference and consider different physical and economic restrictions. JyYK will observe safe space principles in its activity.

Criteria for the realization of equality include age, gender and its diversity, language (especially the use of Finnish and English), national origin, intervention in racism if noticed, and the respect for sexual orientation. The board can name a harassment contact person for the whole year or per event.

1.    The board’s meeting proceedings

UNAJ will take equality into account in the work of its board and wants to make its activities as easily approachable as possible. Work in the board is bilingual depending on whether there are people in the board who speak English as their native language and whether they can and want to communicate in Finnish.

The board’s meeting proceedings will be explained to each new board in an understandable way and they will be told that they can ask for help even with minor issues. It is important that difficult terms and established customs are not taken for granted, but that understandable language is used in for example familiarizing new boards with their work.

Meetings will be held in English when it is the clearest way to acknowledge other participants than those who speak Finnish. Such meeting venues will be preferred that have unrestrained access and no serious indoor air quality problems. The meetings are open and all interested people are welcome to them. The board’s responsible person will intervene in all noticed discrimination in the meetings. If it is considered necessary, a disturbing person can be asked to leave the meeting. The situation will be handled in the most constructive way possible.

When arranging recreational activity for the board, it will be discussed to find the types enjoyable to everyone. Due to different preferences no type of activity should be taken for granted.

2.    The board’s internal and external communication

Communications are meant to be clear and take different people into account. Especially internal communications must be in English if there are people in the board who primarily speak English. External communication, for example through social media, will be done in Finnish and English in a manner fitting the situation. When the board consists fully of people who primarily speak Finnish, internal communication will be done in Finnish and external communication will be done in both Finnish and English.

Communication will be done by communicating of people equally regardless of their religious belief, sexual orientation or ethnic background. Respectful communication of minority groups will be given specific attention. Communication is also meant to inform of equality issues from the United Nations’ point of view.

3.    Events

 Organizing events is a central part of JyYK’s activity. Events will be held keeping equality in mind so that everyone can feel welcome to them. Any kind of discrimination reported or noticed in the events will be handled in an appropriate manner.

When organizing events it is important that the venue can be accessed by anyone. JyYK will take accessibility into account, for example considering the existence of an elevator near the venue. Stairs should also have wheelchair ramps to allow access for people using wheelchairs. Accessibility will be informed of when promoting the events, so that participants will know in advance if they are able to reach the location. The organizers should be well aware of access routes to be able to inform people. The use of a microphone will be aimed at so that everyone can hear the speaker. There must be an unrestrained toilet near the event. Events’ schedules will be considered so that as many people as possible can participate.

JyYK will try to choose events’ facilities so that the indoor air is clean enough. Bad indoor air quality can have adverse health effects. Ventilation quality should also be checked. Different kinds of diets will be considered within the budget when offering food and drink. When considering visiting speakers for events, equality and gender representation will be taken into account. The board will go through the realization of equality in events and make changes to improve it as necessary.

Principles of safe space will be observed especially in larger events.

4.    Principles of safe space

  • Assumptions and generalizations

We will avoid assumptions and generalizations the best we can. Developing thoughts and paradigms is to some extent a part of human nature, but it is important to try to reflect and observe your own thoughts at least so that you don’t hurt anyone verbally or physically. It is also important to learn and fix your habits based on mistakes. Making mistakes is human. 

  • Respect

Respect is a part of JyYK’s activity, and we appreciate diversity in all its forms. We respect the participants of events and the members of the board, and we will give everyone the space and freedom to be themselves the best we can. 

  • Giving space

 

  • Respecting boundaries/No is always no

It is important that no sexual harassment takes place in events or the board’s activities. Disturbing questions, physical touch or verbal harassment have no place in JyYK’s activities. When harassment is observed, it is important to sort out the situation in an appropriate manner. If reprimanding doesn’t help, the harassing person can for example be asked to leave the event.

  • Closed spaces

Closed spaces can be used in events when necessary. In this case the event is only meant for a specific audience, for example gender minorities or racialized people.

  • Photos and videos

Participants will always be asked for their permission for photographing and video recording (e.g. for social media) at the beginning of events.

 Responsible people

JyYK will appoint facilitators for events, who will make sure that equality is handled properly in them. JyYK can appoint a single harassment contact person for a board’s term, or the role can be assigned per event.

5.    Harassment contact person

JyYK will appoint a harassment contact person for each board’s term or the position can be assigned monthly or per event. It is important that the board is able to monitor how harassment-free the association’s activity is and can address flaws as necessary when noticed. The harassment contact person’s position can be combined with another position in the board.

6.    Developing activity through feedback/Promoting equality 

The board will analyze its activity regarding equality at the end of the spring and autumn terms. An inquiry of equality affairs will be made the way the board sees best, for example anonymously. The inquiry can take place through social media or the email list.

Development of equality through feedback will truly observe people and respect them.

 

United Nations Association of Jyväskylä’s equality plan 2020-2021


 Equality in the United Nations Association of Jyväskylä

 In its activities the United Nations Association of Jyväskylä (UNAJ) promotes the goals of the United Nations and spreads awareness of them. At the center of the activities are the three founding pillars of UN: human rights, sustainable development and peace and security. Due to the principle of human rights, equality is important in our activity in both events and the board’s work.

The Finnish constitution also discussed equality and discrimination. People are equal before the constitution and discrimination is activity that must be intervened. According the section 6 of the non-discrimination law, no one may be treated differently from other persons grounded on age, origin, citizenship, language, religion, conviction, opinion, political activity, trade union participation, family ties, health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. Discrimination is prohibited, regardless of whether it is based on a fact or assumption concerning the person him/herself or another. In addition to direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, denial of reasonable accommodation as well as an instruction or order to discriminate constitute discrimination. According the section 9 of non-discrimination act, proportionate different treatment that aims to promote de facto equality, or to prevent or remove the disadvantages attributable to discrimination, does not constitute discrimination.

In its activity UNAJ will consider equality through different factors and viewpoints and seek to make its events and activity as approachable as possible for everyone. UNAJ will take all kinds of people into account and respect difference and consider different physical and economic restrictions. UNAJ will observe safe space principles in its activity.

Criteria for the realization of equality include age, gender and its diversity, language (especially the use of Finnish and English), national origin, intervention in racism if noticed, and the respect for sexual orientation. The board can name a harassment contact person for the whole year or per event.

1.    The board’s meeting proceedings

UNAJ will take equality into account in the work of its board and wants to make its activities as easily approachable as possible. Work in the board is bilingual depending on whether there are people in the board who speak English as their native language and whether they can and want to communicate in Finnish.

The board’s meeting proceedings will be explained to each new board in an understandable way and they will be told that they can ask for help even with minor issues. It is important that difficult terms and established customs are not taken for granted, but that understandable language is used in for example familiarizing new boards with their work.

Meetings will be held in English when it is the clearest way to acknowledge other participants than those who speak Finnish. Such meeting venues will be preferred that have unrestrained access and no serious indoor air quality problems. The meetings are open and all interested people are welcome to them. The board’s responsible person will intervene in all noticed discrimination in the meetings. If it is considered necessary, a disturbing person can be asked to leave the meeting. The situation will be handled in the most constructive way possible.

When arranging recreational activity for the board, it will be discussed to find the types enjoyable to everyone. Due to different preferences no type of activity should be taken for granted.

2.    The board’s internal and external communication

Communications are meant to be clear and take different people into account. Especially internal communications must be in English if there are people in the board who primarily speak English. External communication, for example through social media, will be done in Finnish and English in a manner fitting the situation. When the board consists fully of people who primarily speak Finnish, internal communication will be done in Finnish and external communication will be done in both Finnish and English.

Communication will be done by communicating of people equally regardless of their religious belief, sexual orientation or ethnic background. Respectful communication of minority groups will be given specific attention. Communication is also meant to inform of equality issues from the United Nations’ point of view.

3.    Events

 Organizing events is a central part of UNAJ’s activity. Events will be held keeping equality in mind so that everyone can feel welcome to them. Any kind of discrimination reported or noticed in the events will be handled in an appropriate manner.

When organizing events it is important that the venue can be accessed by anyone. UNAJ will take accessibility into account, for example considering the existence of an elevator near the venue. Stairs should also have wheelchair ramps to allow access for people using wheelchairs. Accessibility will be informed of when promoting the events, so that participants will know in advance if they are able to reach the location. The organizers should be well aware of access routes to be able to inform people. The use of a microphone will be aimed at so that everyone can hear the speaker. There must be an unrestrained toilet near the event. Events’ schedules will be considered so that as many people as possible can participate.

UNAJ will try to choose events’ facilities so that the indoor air is clean enough. Bad indoor air quality can have adverse health effects. Ventilation quality should also be checked. Different kinds of diets will be considered within the budget when offering food and drink. When considering visiting speakers for events, equality and gender representation will be taken into account. The board will go through the realization of equality in events and make changes to improve it as necessary.

Principles of safe space will be observed especially in larger events.

4.    Principles of safe space

  • Assumptions and generalizations

We will avoid assumptions and generalizations the best we can. Developing thoughts and paradigms is to some extent a part of human nature, but it is important to try to reflect and observe your own thoughts at least so that you don’t hurt anyone verbally or physically. It is also important to learn and fix your habits based on mistakes. Making mistakes is human. 

  • Respect

Respect is a part of UNAJ’s activity, and we appreciate diversity in all its forms. We respect the participants of events and the members of the board, and we will give everyone the space and freedom to be themselves the best we can. 

  • Giving space


  • Respecting boundaries/No is always no

It is important that no sexual harassment takes place in events or the board’s activities. Disturbing questions, physical touch or verbal harassment have no place in UNAJ’s activities. When harassment is observed, it is important to sort out the situation in an appropriate manner. If reprimanding doesn’t help, the harassing person can for example be asked to leave the event.

  • Closed spaces

Closed spaces can be used in events when necessary. In this case the event is only meant for a specific audience, for example gender minorities or racialized people.

  • Photos and videos

Participants will always be asked for their permission for photographing and video recording (e.g. for social media) at the beginning of events.

 

  • Responsible people

UNAJ will appoint facilitators for events, who will make sure that equality is handled properly in them. UNAJ can appoint a single harassment contact person for a board’s term, or the role can be assigned per event.

5.    Harassment contact person

UNAJ will appoint a harassment contact person for each board’s term or the position can be assigned monthly or per event. It is important that the board is able to monitor how harassment-free the association’s activity is and can address flaws as necessary when noticed. The harassment contact person’s position can be combined with another position in the board.

6.    Developing activity through feedback/Promoting equality 

The board will analyze its activity regarding equality at the end of the spring and autumn terms. An inquiry of equality affairs will be made the way the board sees best, for example anonymously. The inquiry can take place through social media or the email list.

Development of equality through feedback will truly observe people and respect them.