Today, the Norwegian Minister of Culture and Equality Trine Skei Grande met with the newly appointed mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, in his office.
Skei Grande congratulated İmamoğlu on his electoral victory, and explained that she had followed the election with keen interest.
The minister discussed the close historic connections with Istanbul all the way back to the Viking Age, and also informed about Norwegian governmental policies on culture and equality.
Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu thanked the minister for her visit, and expressed how both culture and gender equality are important areas for the new Istanbul administration. Culture is especially important with regards to tourism and the Istanbul local economy.
He mentioned how only 30% of women in Istanbul have paid employment, and agreed that increased female participation is beneficial for the economy. There is a strong demand for good role models and a focus on attitude change in order to motivate increased female participation, both in the private and public sector.
İmamoğlu was elected mayor of Istanbul with a solid majority on June 23rd, after the second round of Istanbul elections were announced on March 31st. He represents the CHP party, who won the election against the previous parliamentary leader and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım from the governmental AKP.