Integration through innovation?

Recently, Metaphora had the opportunity to be a part of larger discussions on the topic of non-Finns and the Finnish labour market.  At the beginning of April, I participated in a panel discussion on “integration”, gender and employment with five women...

What is your story as an individual?

Another day I was talking to a friend about the importance of stories shaping our identity, directing our choices and dictating our self worth (this is kind of a passionate topic for me)… So I went on and on about how challenging it can be for some people to...

Community walk because place matters!

Last Tuesday, I had a wonderful opportunity to lead a community walk around Itä-Helsinki (East Helsinki). The community walkers are social work students with various experiences in the field, interested in social work engagement and the places where people live and...

Reflections on refugees’ stories

This post was inspired by an exhibition we attended. The exhibition entitled Stories from the Reception Centre addressed individual stories of refugees in Finland. Our interest in the exhibition is related to the type of work we are inspired to do at Metaphora. Even...

Reflections on International Women’s Day

Yesterday was international women’s day. I started the day with a latte, a rose given to me and other women in the Helsinki metro, and a copy of my completed PhD manuscript. The PhD manuscript took 6 years to complete and was fully funded, minus the maternity leaves I...