Local elections in Norway are coming up, and there’s a new party in town! They’re called Feminist Inititative, and the concept is quite intriguing: Not to the left, not to the right, but forward.
The party’s main focus is not the city itself, but the people that live in it. The idea is that no matter what the issue or topic, people should be in focus. People of all sizes, gender, race, ability/disabilitiy, age, etc. they are what make the city, and they should all be able to be a part of it.
I quite like this wide approach to feminism.It is not just about gender, but about discrimination in general. And I do feel that this perspective should be vocal in the city council, as the city council for many many years has focused on capital interests in the city, rather than the people in it. There is just on catch with the party, and that is namely – a policy to ensure capital interest and investments in the city. Catch 22? Maybe not. The party manifest is more of an overacrhing ethical approach to all issues rather than statements about how they will handle concrete issues on the political agenda. Not sure that it will work, as reality usualiy kicks ethical utopia in the face, but I think it might be worth a try.
I think this year, I might just try something new, and in stead of voting for the city, I’ll vote for the people in it!
Most important of all – use your right to vote!