Finnish Green MEP Alviina Alametsä, who became an MEP in January after an additional seat was allocated to Finland following Brexit, says she has already been belittled, discriminated against, and sexually harassed since becoming an MEP.
I am shocked about the behaviour and work culture in the Parliament, Alametsä told tabloid Iltalehti in an interview on Sunday, adding that she has already had experience being bypassed and bullied. Alametsä also says she has received sexual suggestions over the phone, including from a fellow MEP.
Alametsä currently sits on the Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and in the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. In Finland, she worked for the Crisis Management Initiative founded by Nobel laureate Martti Ahtisaari, and in the Helsinki City Council
As a young 28-year-old woman, Alametsä says she is often not taken seriously. For instance, she once needed help from a male colleague to get inside the Parliament building as the guards could not believe her status despite her badge.
According to the young MEP, there is a structural dilemma that should be discussed, although, she emphasised, most of her male colleagues do behave respectfully.
(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)