For human rights, the climate and the welfare state

I am Veronika Honkasalo – Member of Parliament, City Councillor, Youth Researcher and Doctor of Political Science. I live in Tapulikaupunki, Helsinki with my spouse and three primary school aged children and our Labrador Retriever Fiona.

At the heart of my politics is the unconditional defense of human rights, the climate and the welfare state. 

I went into politics ten years ago, when racism became mainstream in Finnish politics. I couldn’t stay silent and just follow the development from the sides. I thought that this is enough!

I have been in the Helsinki Council since the municipal elections of 2012. I became a Member of Parliament in the 2019 elections. In the Parliament, I have continued the political work that is also important to me in municipal politics: promotion of human rights, education and equality in all areas of society. I am a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, as issues linked to children and young people are at the core of my expertise also due to my academic career.

For me, politics is about building a better everyday life and a fairer society for everyone–regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, age, or ethnicity. It is our common duty to take care of every human being and the environment, and to build an ecologically sustainable well-being also for future generations.

As a politician with a background in academic research, it is important for me that decision-making is based on scientific research. In the Council and in the Parliament, I have insisted that the impact of policies should be assessed in advance and after implementation. Our society is polarized due to the fact that strong public services are no longer available for everyone. Preventive services have been a target of budget cuts despite the fact that research shows that people’s well-being is a good investment.

With my work, I want to build a Finland that offers sufficient basic security and where everyone can afford a decent life.I want to build a Finland that does not discriminate and provides opportunities for people to strengthen their potential. We should pursue politics that builds prosperity with solidarity and takes the climate and environmental resilience into account. Well-being belongs to everyone, including the future generations.

Photo: Sami Pertttilä