The Finnish Social Forum consisted of a total of 60 events and brought
together about 1300 participants.

The two-day event dealt extensively
with the environmental crisis, poverty and livelihood, racism and
discrimination, alternative economic models and conflicts in both
Ukraine and Western Sahara. The program was debating, participatory and
functional. This year’s specialty was a rich coverage of games that made
it possible to find an adventure in a mental health club, try out asylum
bureaucracy and reflect on the future of society.

An Indian documentary filmmaker, Rahul Jain, who participated in the
forum, said that younger he knew the disadvantages of the world but did
not know that they could be solved. – Through such forums, I see that I
may not be alone with my thoughts, Jain said at the conclusion of the
Social Forum.

Mohamed Sulaiman Labat, born and raised in the Western Sahara refugee
camp, faced asylum seekers in the debate organized by Justice Live. The
arrival from the Sahara deserts to Helsinki is an exotic experience. –
It was touching and empowering to meet people who also fight for their
lives here in Finland, Mohamed said at the Finnish Social Forum’s at
Arbis in Helsinki.

The Social Forum was held for the seventh time. It is part of the global
social forum movement. The forum was also implemented this year mainly
by volunteering, a joint effort of NGOs.

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