Proposals of Social Democratic Women For the municipal election

  1. Accessible services
  • The services produced by municipalities are barrier-free and accessible to everyone, including digital services.
  • The number of free basic services must be increased, including early childhood education for five-year-old children and free health care centre services.
  • The services produced by municipalities must pay attention to the special needs of the residents of the municipality. For example, gender, gender diversity, cultural background, multilingualism, disability, age and other special needs must be considered in all municipal services.
  • Municipalities must ensure a sufficient number of locally produced services, which can be found at a reasonable distance from residents’ homes, making everyday life as smooth as possible. These services are especially important for female-dominated service industries and those working in an atypical employment relationship.
  • An equal and discrimination-free municipality
  • Municipalities must make cross-cutting decisions that consider the impacts on different groups of people in advance. Such considerations are, for example, equality and child impact analyses.
  • Rooting out hate speech and racism. Public spaces and digitals channels maintained by the municipality are safe for everyone.
  • Promoting engagement and democracy. Everyone has the right to have an impact on municipal matters, which is promoted, for example, through public hearings, engaging budgeting and other engagement methods. Participation bodies, such as

youth councils, children’s juries, multicultural councils, elderly citizens councils and councils on disability, play a crucial role in making the voice of special groups heard.

  • Municipalities must prepare an equality plan that assesses and improves the work of all sectors in terms of equality.
  • A socially and ecologically sustainable municipality
  • Implementing a sustainable, feminist municipality and city planning, which pays special attention to the environment, accessibility, safety, movement and the needs of different age and special groups.
  • Municipalities must ensure affordable housing for their residents.
  • Each municipality must have functional public transport, which is wide-ranging and affordable. The majority of public transport users are women, which means that the public transport development particularly supports the mobility of women and the coordination of work and family life.
  • Municipalities achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Municipalities organise their operations, such as procurements, food services and waste management, in a sustainable manner, while taking into account climate issues.
  • Municipalities as pioneers of equal working life
  • Most municipal employees are women. Municipalities must ensure fair and equal working conditions for all employees, including family carers.
  • Municipalities pay attention to the diversity of jobseekers in recruitment. Adopting, for example, the anonymous recruitment process.
  • Municipalities oversee employment policy. Municipalities offer employment opportunities to all genders.
  • Municipalities offer support and opportunities for entrepreneurship. An especially large number of sole traders and small-scale entrepreneurs are women.