Activity of SETA
Aims and objectives
- SETA is a national LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersexed) rights non-governmental organisation founded in 1974. It has 11 regional (Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Oulu, Pori, Rovaniemi, Kuopio, Tampere, Turku, Vasa, Mariehamn) and 7 national (transvestites, lesbians, students, Swedish-speakers, social workers, rainbow families, 'bears') member organisations and supporting members all over Finland. SETA receives and distributes RAY [Finland's Slot Machine Association] funding to member organisations to organise social services.
- SETA is a human rights organisation aiming to influence society in order to improve the wellbeing of LGBTI people and their families. Our goal is a society based on equality irrespective of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. We want to mainstream the perspectives of diversity of gender and sexual orientation both in political decision-making and public and private services in areas such as education, health care, the legal system, immigration etc. We want all actors in society, including governmental and local authorities, trained professionals in different fields of society, businesses and private persons to develop policies and practices that actively support diversity and equality for LGBT people.
- Regarding men and masculinity specifically, one could say our aim is to change society on one hand so that all men can explore and express all aspects of their personalities, and on the other hand so that everyone, regardless of sex/gender, is free to express masculinity in their personality. We also want to enhance the human rights of transgender people and create public awareness about the failures of a binary gender system.
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: Finland
Organisation Zip Code: 300
Organisation Phone: 358 9 6812 5880; 358 50 3098108
Name: Aija Salo
SETA arranges the annual Helsinki Pride festival, the biggest LGBT event in Finland, consisting of parties, meetings and discussions, the highlight being the Pride Parade through the city centre. The free expression of one´s sexuality and gender as well as the promotion of rainbow subcultures are at the core of the festival agenda.
- Muu, mikä? ['Else, what?'], a vision written by a Finnish transgender youth in 2010: http://www.transtukipiste.fi/doc/muumika-2painos-nettiin.pdf (in Finnish)
- Brochure for the parents of gay, lesbian or bisexual youth: http://www.seta.fi/doc/materiaali/Microsoft_Word_-_Hlb-nuorten_vanhemmil... (Fin.)
- Brochure for teachers about how to integrate a diversity perspective in teaching at school: http://www.seta.fi/doc/materiaali/Microsoft_Word_-_Moninaisuus.pdf (Finnish)
- A research report about diversity of gender and sexual orientation in the context of ageing: http://www.seta.fi/index.php?k=16213