Familia ry – founded in 1988 – is a national expert organisation of intercultural families. We support the wellbeing of intercultural families by offering peer support and volunteer activities, information, and advice. We also aim at making improvements in the social and legal systems, so that the needs of intercultural and multilingual families and Finns would be better met.
Intercultural families as a term, refers to families in which at least one family member has a different cultural background. This means, that one partner or both partners were not born in Finland, or have different cultural backgrounds. A child or children raised by a parent (s) with different cultural background, are also considered part of an intercultural family.
Familia belongs to the Diverse-Family network. The network consists of ten different family associations representing a variety of different types of families. The aim of the Diverse Families Network is a society where families are equal, and every family can be proud of itself.
SAFER SPACE GUIDELINES
SAFE SPACE & SAFER SPACE
A safe space is: “a place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm” (Oxford Dictionary).
BUT WHAT IS A SAFER SPACE?
A safer space is a supportive, non-threatening environment where all participants can feel comfortable to express themselves and share experiences without fear of discrimination or reprisal. We prefer the term “safer space” to “safe space” because we cannot guarantee that a space will be safe for everyone with certainty. Indeed, the feeling of safety is personal, not everyone will feel safe under the same conditions.
With safer space policies, we aim to create practices that make people feel safe and take responsibility for unpleasant situations. We also aim to create measures that can be taken to improve unpleasant situations instead of simply tolerating them. We want to create an environment, as safe as possible, free of discrimination and harassment, where diversity is respected. We want to describe, through these guidelines, what kind of behaviour is expected and desirable in our events and other activities.
In case of Racism, harassment, DISCRIMINATION, or inappropriate behaviour
If you experience or witness racism, harassment, discrimination, or other inappropriate behaviour, please inform the event organisers.
If you want to get in touch about a situation later, please get in touch with: