Discrimination tribunal drops case against Bergen’s plan to name new streets only after women

Bergen BryggenColorful houses in beautiful Bergen. Photo: Millie Olsen / Unsplash

The Norwegian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has rejected a complaint against Bergen’s plans only to name new streets after women.

In April, it was announced that the City Council in Bergen would not name new streets, squares, or municipal facilities after men.

One person chose to report the case to the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal. On Friday, it became clear that the tribunal believes the plan is discriminatory, according to the newspaper VG.

One of the conditions for the tribunal to be able to deal with a case is that the appellant is a party or has a so-called “legal appeal interest.”

“As the chair of the board assesses the case, you (the complainant) have no legal interest in having this case processed. You state that you are not directly affected by the allegedly discriminatory decision regarding the naming of streets in Bergen Municipality. You have also not shown any other current interest in having the appeal case processed “, the tribunal wrote in the decision.

“It is, of course, gratifying that the complaint has been rejected, but I think it is a bit sad that an initiative that will only make the city more diverse and representative was met with so much anger,” City Councilor for Culture, Diversity, and Gender Equality Katrine Berg Nødtvedt (MDG) stated.

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