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Daisy Muistola


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Today I want to speak about one topic that it can look like a problem for people that is doing Erasmus like me, but I can tell you in advance that it isn’t something we can face: “languages”

Is the language a barrier to learn or to work in a foreign country? Yes, it is, but it doesn’t mean that it would be a problem. Communication between people with a different language is only difficult if you don’t try to learn and to understand. Since I came here, I hear every day so many languages that I don’t understand, but it isn’t a matter!

It is truth that at the beginning, everything is a mess, because it is weird to listen a language and not understand it, and with Finnish, it happens every day! Finnish is a very difficult but very logical language; it is so different if you compare it with languages like English or French. But foreign people in Finland have an advantage so big: everybody knows English, included elderly and children! So, it is so easy speak with Finnish people.

But English is not always a solution to resolve the language barrier. In Daisy Ladies there are women from different countries, like Iran, Irak and Somalia, and a few of them don’t speak English, so it is a mess! But as I said before, if you want to communicate, it is not a problem. Body language is so similar around the world, and although they speak between them in Arabic or Finnish, someone that speak English can translate the most important things and help you in the conversation.

As a summary, I’m always in an atmosphere where I don’t understand the language that people use, but it isn’t uncomfortable or weird. We must understand that everybody is more comfortable speaking in their own language, so if we arrive to a foreign country, we have to do an effort to learn and participate actively in the conversation and communication. Now, I understand some words in Finnish and Arabic!

– Silvia

Ystävänpäivä and thoughts of a movie

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Last week, we celebrated in Daisy Ladies one of the most beautiful days of the year: “St Valentine’s Day”. But this day in Finland is more beautiful and special that in countries like Spain, where this day is only for couples. Here, on 14th of February is “Ystävänpäivää”, that means “Friend’s Day”. Everybody hug each other and spend time with their friends, it is so beautiful!

And Daisy Ladies, as a family that they are, celebrates it also. We started the day having a delicious breakfast and we were spending time together, listening to music. Manthana did a big heart of paper with some red roses we did the day before, she’s and artist!

There was an amazing atmosphere, of happiness and love, but it was better when we did an amazing activity, where each one had to write beautiful and positive adjectives of the others. It was so beautiful! Daisies wrote me that I’m beautiful, kind, friendly, and they feel as I was their daughter! It was so emotive.

Daisy Ladies is always doing beautiful things. I love this place and these people! Now, I have a pink heart full of positive words that I’ll bring to my home country when I’ll come back. But it hasn’t got only a few words, it has the essence of beautiful people.

– Silvia

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Hi everyone, I am Jiayi. The most impressed thing this week I want to share with you is a movie, “Where do we go”.

The movie is about anti-war theme in this feminine perspective, with Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim clashes as the background. It uses black humor to tell the story of women living in the same small village by various means to bridge the conflict between their Muslim or Christian husbands and sons. The unique female perspective on the interpretation of religious ethnic conflicts is extraordinarily moving. There is both the joy and the pain. A group of women can pretend to be psychic for peace, or even hide her son’s body alone, and give up their beliefs. This is my first time to watch movies about religion. My family doesn’t have religion, in that case, I have never experienced the choice of religion and peace. And I am really sorry that I can just cry for the mother that her boy dead for the chaotic war, instead of truly understanding. In my mind, if there is war, then everyone must and should try their best to ensure that all gun muzzles are pointed to foreign invaders. So when I saw the mother hide her boy just for the whole village’s peace, I seem to really understand what is the conflict between religion and war. And women’s power and their wisdom are great. They are the most beautiful women. This film is referred to as the “third film”, which is different from the “first film” (Hollywood film) that swept the audience with spectacles and the “second film” (art film) which is centered on the author. They regarded the movie as a national liberation movement. “The camera is a rifle, the film is a detonator, and the projector is a gun which is capable of shooting 24 frames per second. This is right, peace shouldn’t be born with, but peace is everything, and we deserve it.

– Jiayi

“Oma maa mansikka muu maa mustikka”

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I’ve been in Daisy Ladies for already 26 days, almost a month! The days pass and I really feel at home. These women are teaching me more than they think, and I’m very comfortable here. I believe it is amazing that they welcomed me and Jiayi very well since we came the first time, and now we are part of Daisy Ladies. They include us in all activities, and they always help us. Jasmine and Saediya are always translating us everything in English, so I don’t know where we could do without them! And the women that effort everyday and think activities and search resources to help these daisies, I think they are incredible. Neriman for example, she is an artist! She paints so well and her activities are so original and creative. Anays makes an atmosphere of happiness and motivation, she is always smiling! And she is able to transmit energy to people around her, something so important to enjoy everything you do. Thanks of Birgit, Finnish language is a bit easier, I’m improving it! I don’t know what we would do without her patience. This week she told us this sentence: “Omaa maa mansikka muu maa mustikka” that means “home sweet home”, it is perfect to describe that place!

One of Scouts rules is that we are in this world to help another people and to do their life easier, leaving our problems in another side, and give people around us the facilities to be comfortable and feel happy with our presence. I think that sometimes I forget it, I’m so focus in my things and I lose this essence that characterize us. But these women remind me it everyday.

I’m not going to be here for so much more time, and I really think what am I going to do without this big family. I’m trying to learn everyday as much I can because I’m sure it is an opportunity I can only live once in life.

– Silvia

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Hi, I’m Jiayi. New week is coming again.

I gained a lot this week. Daisy ladies really gave me so much surprise. There are always creative activities, everyday is different and new. Finland is really a wonderful country, but the weather here is cloudy and rainy. It’s difficult for immigrants to find their sense of belonging. So it’s really important to keep our ladies fresh and interesting at all times. Daisy ladies does a good job in this area. Here, everyone feels like home and family. This really helps us and makes me remind of my family. Thanks to my Finnish teacher, my Finnish got some progress (Finnish is really difficult), I have learned some simple greetings and numbers. And I knew a few more ladies. Almost every morning I could meet Makka in the bus. She is so nice and so beautiful, the first time I met her I couldn’t find she is pregnant, her baby must as pretty as her, wish that I could see her baby. And I have to say Mathana, I like her very much. She is good at handcraft, her elephants are the cutest in the world. What’s more, There are countless ideas in her brain, if I have them I would get A in every class. Of course, Neriman’s cakes, I would never forget their taste, nothing could replace them.

Daisy ladies gave me so much surprise, and I would prepare a surprise for everyone here. Surprise!!!!!!!

– Jiayi

Our week in DaisyLadies

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This week I want to share with you what we did on Monday 3rd February, because i believe that it shows the essence of Daisy Ladies. This day had the goal of improve our skills and to look after our body, something very important to be proud of ourselves.  After doing a bit of exercice and dance to wake up and to be ready for the day, we did and amazing activity: henna tattoos! Some daisies knew how to do them, and I think it is amazing they want to share their artistic skills with us. People from different countries sharing their knowledge and skills in a same activity, teaching each other and having fun together. This is Daisy Ladies!

The last activity of the day was a class to learn how to look after our skin. We did it also together, and we learnt a lot from the professional who gave us the tips and from each other! Do you know how many creams you must use to have your skin in good conditions? A lot of them!

To learn and to have fun together at the same time, it is the best way to live 😊

– Silvia


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Hi, I am Jiayi. Time flies in Daisy Ladies, it’s Friday again. I have to say this week is too amazing that I don’t want to leave it.

On Monday, we went to play games together, this is one of the most wonderful things there. Everyone comes from different cultural background, everyone has their own personality, so it’s difficult to make everybody join. However, we were all happy. I thought of the Howthorne effect. We all tried our best to join in, the most important point is not how funny the game is, it’s enough attention and encourage for everyone. I am very lucky to meet Anays and learn much from her. She just won’t leave anyone alone. I am always thinking what is indispensable to people with immigration background, we should make them feel like home. Of course, they need the language, work and the necessities of life, but what about the psychological necessities? This is the primary for their psychological identity. I hope if one day I could work in immigration, I could have such passion and considerateness like her. And I got an excellent gift from Neriman, she painted a beautiful butterfly on my hand, I couldn’t believe this was her first time to do this, I wish I could have such flexible hands. On Wednesday, I made dumplings and rice balls for ladies, because it would soon be Lantern Festival, I hope to celebrate with them. Rice ball in China means reunion, we don’t cut it, this means nothing can separate us, no matter where we are, our hearts are always together, “但愿人长久,千里共婵娟”. During the production, there are some problems, thanks to Jasmine and Saediya, they were always by my side. I couldn’t make it without them. I am so sorry that I spent too much time to cook that ladies had to wait for me, I promise it won’t happen again.

For me, it’s difficult to remember everyone’s name. Because every lady is so beautiful and their names’ meanings are different from names in China. But I can recognize 7 ladies now, every week I can make some new friends. It’s really a good thing that there is something to look forward to in the life. And I give best wishes to my country, please get well soon.

– Jiayi

New Erasmus exchange students

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Good morning everyone!

I’m Silvia Ros, I’m 20 years old and I’m a Spanish girl in Finland 😊

Since I was a child I always dreamt travelling around the world, meet new people and have experiences to tell, and I’m getting it!

I’m studying Psychology in Gijón, a nice city in the north of Spain and my University gave me the opportunity to come here to do Erasmus. At the biggining I was a bit confused and I wasn’t sure to do it, but the children of a Scouts Group where I’m monitor convinced me. So, I’ll live here for five months! I am here already for one month and I feel at home. Everybody says that Finland is a dark and cold country, but it isn’t true! People is so amazing and this country has beautiful hidden places, you only have to discover them!

Two weeks ago I started to work with Daisy Ladies Ry, and I can only say this is amazing! I feel like I have been  knowing them all my live! For me, to be in this place that helps women to improve themself and learn from each other, is a pleasure, and each day I’m here I’m happier. I only can say THANKS!

I just lived many experiences since I’m here, and it is only the start point of this adventure 😊


Hi, I am Jiayi Guo. I am an exchange student from China. This is my first time to leave such far from my home, I have to say the beginning was totally a mess, everything was new. A few days later, I came to Daisy Ladies for my practice training. At first, I thought it’s just a different lesson, maybe twice a week. But after the first week, everything has changed. Except traveling, Daisy Ladies is the only place that I am looking forward to everyday. Twice a week are not enough, I need more!!! It’s like a candy, I just couldn’t stop it. You know, I don’t know Finnish, but we can’t use phones here. At first, I just sit and confused about what they’re doing. However, I have to say, this rule is excellent!!!It makes me to use my heart, to desire everything. I can feel what the ladies feel, see what they are doing instead of using phone to cover up my disintegration. What’s more, I got my “diplomatic partner”–Jasmine. She is really a nice translator. I like her very much. And I find two nice “noisy” ladies, Silvia and our Finnish teacher. I was really lucky meeting them in Finland. I think we would never go to fish together. We have kinds of activities. On Thursday, we went to make our plate together. We wrote down our names, countries with our own language. This gave me deep impression. We have different nationalities, different cultures but we just wrote them together. I always believe that there won’t be any understanding only if we know each other fully. In Daisy Ladies, we are doing this, we are respectable and understandable. We are the daisy ladies.

Turvallinen yhteiskunta -seminaari 27.11.2019

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Turvallinen yhteiskunta -seminaari

Aika: Ke 27.11.2019 klo 9.00–15.00
Paikka: Turun kaupungintalo, Aurakatu 2, 20100 Turku
Seminaarin juonto: Riitta Monto, Turun Sanomien päätoimittaja

9.00–9.30 Ilmoittautuminen, aamukahvit

9.30 Alkusanat: Toiminnanjohtaja Hülya ”Hissu” Kytö, DaisyLadies ry

Tervehdys: Kaupunginvaltuuston puheenjohtaja Elina Rantanen, Turun kaupunki

Tervehdys: Pääsihteeri Mervi Mäki-Neste, Suomen keskustanaiset ry/NYTKIS ry

Presidentti Tarja Halosen videotervehdys

10.00–11.00 Nordic Ladies -hankkeen esittely ja kumppanimaiden tervehdykset
Angelique Kelley, W.O.M.E.N. – Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland
Shelagh Jessie Smith, W.O.M.E.N. – Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland
Madina Parmach-Nooristani, AWA – Afghan Womens Association in Denmark

Hankkeen suojelijan, europarlamentaarikko Sirpa Pietikäisen videotervehdys

11.00–11.15 Turvallisuus tuo osallisuutta
Asiantuntija Mia Luhtasaari, Oikeusministeriö/Etnisten suhteiden neuvottelukunta

11.15–11.30 Kuka kääntää minkä posken?
Turun arkkihiippakunnan piispa Kaarlo Kalliala

11.30–11.45 Koulu-lapsi-vanhempi ja väkivalta
Psykologi, perheterapeutti, kriisiterapeutti, työnohjaaja Seija Anttila

11.45–12.30 Keittolounas

12.30–12.45 Bahaulddin Rawin muotiesitys

12.45–13.00 Seksuaaliväkivaltatyö Turun Tyttöjen Talolla
Turun Tyttöjen talon johtaja Nina Pietikäinen

13.00–13.15 Kansainvälinen arviointi Suomen väkivallan vastaisista toimista
Minna Canth akatemiaprofessori, oikeustieteen professori Johanna Niemi, Turun yliopisto

13.15–13.30 Vuoden tasa-arvoinen teko 2019 -tunnustuksen jako

13.30–13.45 Yhteenveto: Turun Sanomien päätoimittaja Riitta Monto

13.45–14.45 Paneelikeskustelu (Järjestäjänä Daisy Young Club ry)

14.45–15.00 Lopetussanat

Ilmoittautumiset viimeistään 20.11.2019 mennessä:

Lisätietoja:, puh. 050 326 5064 tai 050 555 8781

DaisyLadies ry järjestää seminaarin yhteistyössä Daisy Young Club ry:n, Naisjärjestöt Yhteistyössä NYTKIS ry:n, Varsinais-Suomen Keskustanaisten, Turun kaupungin, Turun ja Kaarinan seurakuntayhtymän ja Oikeusministeriön/ETNOn kanssa.

Vaiennettujen naisten huuto -taidenäyttelyn avajaiset

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Tervetuloa Vaiennettujen naisten huuto -taidenäyttelyn avajaisiin!

Ma 18.11. klo 16.30–18.30
Sigyn-sali, Linnankatu 60

Hülya ”Hissu” Kytö, DaisyLadies ry/Nordic Ladies -hanke
Marja Tiilikainen, Siirtolaisuusinstituutti
Minna Saunders, Kaikkien naisten talo
Annette Gothóni, Suomen World Vision
Niina Hemming, Turun ensi- ja turvakoti
Hanna Mansikka-aho, Pilari
Marika Vuoristo, Turvakoti

Seminaarin jälkeen siirrytään taidenäyttelyn avajaisiin Köysiratagalleriaan (Linnankatu 56) klo 18.30–20.


Sekä seminaari että avajaiset ovat yleisölle maksuttomia.

Olemme Maryam Samaian ja Arezoo Shirdel, olemme raisiolaisia taiteilijoita. Tulevan näyttelymme teemana on vastustaa naisiin kohdistuvaa väkivaltaa.

Näyttelymme käsittelee yleisesti naisiin kohdistuvaa väkivaltaa ja haluaa muistuttaa siitä, että väkivaltaa kokeneet naiset ovat vertaisia toisilleen huolimatta siitä, mitä kulttuuria he edustavat. Näyttelyssä halutaan tuoda esille sitä, miten vaikea uhrin on pyytää apua, olkoon kyseessä sitten maahanmuuttajataustainen nainen tai kantasuomalainen nainen. Meidän taiteen tarkoitus on rikkoa tabuja ja kannustaa naisia puhumaan kokemuksistaan sekä rohkaista väkivaltaa kokevia naisia pyytämään apua. Taideteosten aiheena ovat väkivallan erilaiset muodot kuten perheväkivalta, raiskaus, happohyökkäys, kunniaväkivalta, pakkoavioliitto, kivittäminen ja henkinen väkivalta.

Taiteemme on kantaaottavaa ja sillä edistetään näistä asioista puhumista ja niihin puuttumista yhteiskunnassa. Tämä on meidän ensimmäinen suuri näyttelymme ja myös suuri unelmamme. Olemme maalanneet näitä teoksia useita vuosia. Seminaari on suunnattu kaikille aiheesta kiinnostuneille ja sen on tarkoitus tukea myös DaisyLadies ry:n Nordic Ladies -hanketta ( sekä UN Womenin Oranssit päivät -kampanjaa (, jotka molemmat tekevät työtä naisiin ja tyttöihin kohdistuvaa väkivaltaa vastaan.

Taidenäyttelyyn voit käydä tutustumassa Köysiratagalleriassa 18.11.-8.12.2019 ma-pe klo 12-17 ja la-su 12-16.

Ethnic lunch!

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Last Sunday UN Women and Daisy Ladies had an ethnic lunch and the theme was Venezuela. Amazing Venezuelan food was served; potato soup, black beans, chicken, mango dessert, that was cooked by Daisy Ladies. Daisy Ladies coordinator Anays who is from Venezuela lead the cooking and also held a presentation about Venezuela for all the visitors, she spook about the economic situation, the treasures of Venezuela and about the culture. After that Silvia Solano showed us the traditional dances from Venezuela in a traditional Venezuelan dress.

A great lunch with a lot of joy!

//Students from Sweden, Gothenburg

Maailmanpuutarhan avajaisjuhla 9.10. klo 18-19!

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Maailmanpuutarhan avajaisjuhla 9.10. klo 18-19!


  • Puhe: Saara Ilvessalo, kaupunkiympäristölautakunnan puheenjohtaja
  • Puhe: Hülya ”Hissu” Kytö, Daisy Ladies ry
  • Musiikkia ja esityksiä
  • Asfalttitaidetta Turun Amk:n opiskelijoiden johdolla
  • Kahvia, mehua ja pullaa

Suosithan joukkoliikennettä saapuessasi!

Osoite: Lemminkäisenkatu 45

Tervetuloa koko perheen voimin!

Lisätietoa Maailmanpuutarhasta: 

Kulttuuri kuuluville 17.6.2019

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Osallistuimme 17.6. tapahtumaan nimeltä ”kulttuurit kuuluvaksi” Turun Kaupungin vapaatoimialan kanssa, kirjaston sisäpihalla. DaisyLadies ry:llä oli tapahtumassa kolme aktiviteettia, jossa esittelimme Taiwanin, Unkarin ja Somalian maat pitämällä pienen tehtävän jokaisesta maasta. Taiwanin kohdalla oli 10 kysymystä, jossa oli monivalintavastauksia. Unkariksi opeteltiin numerot 1-10 ulkoa ja yhdistettiin oikea sana numeroon. Somaliaksi opeteltiin lyhyitä tervehdyksiä ja toteamuksia ja sen yhteydessä sai myös kokeilla henna-tatuointia. Tapahtumaan osallistui paljon maahanmuuttajataustaisia aikuisopiskelijoita, jotka saivat mahdollisuuden oppia uusia asioita.