February 5, 2019
The local government of Rotterdam has decided to name all new streets in the city after women and minorities after complaints by some local politicians that the current names are too male and too white.
The Dutch city’s government announced that it would be accepting the proposal to make the city’s street names more “diverse” a year after the initiative was put forth by left-wing party Democrats 66 (D66), the GreenLeft, and the Labour party, Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reports.
Councillor Nadia Arsieni, of the D66 party, was the one to initially recommend the proposal and said she was happy the local government had accepted it saying, “A sample showed that a large number of the streets were named after men of Western origin. That does not fit in the Rotterdam of today.”
Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga explained that diversity was the main motivation for the move and said, “In order to give substance to more cultural diversity, the policy rules stipulate that the attribution of names of women and other underrepresented groups from society should be preferred for personal names,” and added, “diversity is at the forefront.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:15 am