Tuesday’s Newspapers: Calls for Nominations for Women, Covid Confusion and Valuable Pollinators | New

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Feminists say military appeals for women should be voluntary following a parliamentary committee recommending they become mandatory.

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An all-party parliamentary committee has recommended that military appeals be extended to include women in Finland. Compulsory military service would, however, be limited to men only.

Eekku Aromaa, general secretary of the Unioni Feminist Association, said Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) that a move towards gender neutrality on the issue was a step in the right direction.

“But it should be on a voluntary basis, and not force the militarization of women,” she said.

Aromaa said many young people today do not think Finland’s conscription system for men is fair.

“The current system maintains a level of injustice in society that targets both men and women. For men, this means an obligation that women do not have. It preserves a gender system in which men are able, can and should do things, ”she said. Explain.

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Vaxxed but unwanted

british journalist Luke Harding had no difficulty arriving in Helsinki last week after showing proof of two AstraZeneca Covid injections, but he was turned away from a downtown bar after the bouncer’s Covid reading app no. did not recognize his proof of vaccination, reports Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

“It was kind of like when you’re a kid in school and no one chooses you for their team in gym class,” Harding said of being left behind.

So far, 18 non-EU countries including the UK have joined the EU’s Covid digital certificate system (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Mika Pihlajamäki, an information architect at the THL Institute of Public Health, told HS the issue was due to the digital formatting of some of the old vaccination certificates, while Jari Suhonen at the Department of Social Affairs and Health said UK Covid passes were not fully integrated into the EU-wide system until November 1.

“There are third countries whose Covid passports are accepted at the border but which are not part of the EU certificate network. In practice, this means that THL’s Covid pass reader application is not able to recognize these certificates, ”added Suhonen.

Protect pollinators

Finland is preparing its first national strategy to protect the country’s pollinators, according to Hufvudstadsbladet (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

The Swedish-language daily notes that Finland is increasingly concerned about the long-term survival of its bees.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry noted that pollinator populations have declined to a worrying degree in many parts of the world. The decline can have serious consequences for the functionality of the ecosystem and, ultimately, for food production.

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