Just 6% of streets and tunnels that are named after a person are named after a woman. The current socialist, green, Flemish liberal and Francophone federalist coalition that makes up the Brussels-Capital Region’s regional government believes that there is room for improvement and that women should be better represented in the names given to streets and tunnels.
The Brussels regional minister responsible for equal opportunities and women’s rights Elke Van den Brandt’s (Flemish green) spokesman Pieterjan Desmet told the Brussels regional news platform Bruzz “We are going to get around the table with community group and the Equal Opportunities for Women Commission to draw up a list of potential female names for the tunnel. Then everyone in Brussels will be able to vote for what they believe to be the most worthy name for the tunnel”.
The initiative is part of a wider plan by the Brussels regional government to name more streets after women. The “pilot project” to rename the Leopold I Tunnel will be assessed next year.
“In 2021 we will carry out an assessment. If the project is a success we will put into law so that it can be applied whenever we change the name of other streets”. Mr Desmet added.
A list with the proposed new names for the tunnel will be published soon.