Pia Grochowski

Pia Grochowski: Shifting our focus

By Pia Grochowski  “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” These were the final words written by the late Canadian leader of the opposition, Jack Layton, just hours before his untimely death

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Pia Grochowski: Women in sports, what’s being missed

Pia Grochowski As women’s rights, LGBT rights are advancing in the world, women are taking a larger role in sports. In Finland, the position of women in sports has been rather strong in athletics, in football even hockey. Finland is a nation that is advanced in terms of gender equality. If one looks at the

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Pia Grochowski: The other side of ethnic cuisine

By Pia Grochwoski This month Six Degrees magazine ran multiple features on the theme of ethnic food and restaurants, “Dining with an Ethnic Twist: The popularity of ethnic restaurants in Finland continues to grow swiftly”. The proportion of ethnic restaurants in Finland continues to grow, making up 20% of the restaurant sector in Finland. It

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Pia Gro: So WHY are you here? The case of including Diversity

By Pia Gro I was born a Finnish citizen, yet I was born in Canada. This idea seems to confuse many people. I acquired two citizenships automatically at birth as a consequence of Jus Sanguinis (Citizenship inherited through family ties) and jus solis (citizenship granted by virtue of being born in a land). I lived

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Pia Grochowski: Reflecting on prejudices

Pia Grochowski A few weeks ago I attended a course on global dialogue in Hong Kong and the question was posed to the participants, “is it possible to not have any prejudices?” Many of us like to think of ourselves as above racism, above ethnocentrism, without prejudice. Many consider racism to be a thing of

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