I am a candidate in the 2023 Parliamentary Elections in the electoral district of Uusimaa.
The electoral district of Uusimaa includes: Askola, Espoo, Hanko, Hyvinkää, Inkoo, Järvenpää, Karkkila, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Lapinjärvi, Lohja, Loviisa, Myrskylä, Mäntsälä, Nurmijärvi, Pornainen, Porvoo, Pukkila, Raasepori, Sipoo, Siuntio, Tuusula, Vantaa and Vihti.
Anyone who has been involved in politics knows that, above all, it's about working together - you can't handle common issues alone. That's why I don't want to promise the moon from the sky, but to speak up for things that are important to myself and others and, above all, to work to change the world into a slightly better place. Changes are sometimes painfully slow, but without hard work and faith in a better future, things will not change at all.
Previously, I have been a candidate in the municipal elections of 2021 and the regional elections of 2022. In the municipal elections, I was elected as a deputy councilor of the Espoo city council and in the regional elections as a regional councilor for Western Uusimaa.
- Advance voting in Finland: 22-28 March 2023
- Advance voting abroad: 22-25 March 2023
- Election Day: 2 April 2023
More information, for example who can vote: https://vaalit.fi/en/parliamentary-elections
I am running for parliament because I want to take care of our welfare society, which enables a good life for everyone. As a nurse and a practical nurse, I recognize the challenges of social and health services and want to bring my practical experience to decision-making. As the chairperson of a national cancer organization and a cancer survivor myself, I want to promote the national cancer strategy so that everyone gets the help and support they need when they get cancer. One in three of us will get cancer in our lifetime.
A fair and flexible working life supports people in different life situations, enabling them to work and take care of themselves. It is unsustainable that more and more people go on disability pension due to mental health reasons. We need to invest in occupational well being.
Last, but by no means least, I want to make the group of about 1.3 million people living alone visible and work to ensure that the well-being of people living alone is also taken into account in political decision-making.
So what kind of issues am I going to speak for in my campaign? The ones that are really close to my heart. These include, for example:
* Investments in occupational well-being and especially mental well-being, so that people can stay in working life. Along with aging employees, it is necessary to ensure that young people are doing well amid the growing demands of working life.
* Add rehabilitation to treatment paths to preserve people's ability to work and function and, above all, their quality of life.
* A national cancer strategy for Finland, which guarantees equal and comprehensive treatment and support for all cancer patients and also supports the coping of loved ones when faced with a serious illness.
* Identifying single households in political decision-making. It is impossible to improve the position of those living alone if it is not even recognized as a separate group. We need a parliamentary working group that makes concrete proposals to improve the status of those living alone.
I'd also like to hear other people's thoughts on what kind of things would be important to bring up.