War Table Comment from Imamoglu: Peace Hardly Comes From A Table Without Women

War Table Comment by Imamoglu
War Table Comment by Imamoglu

IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu, met with the women muhtars working in the city and the members of the IMM Assembly, and celebrated the 8 March International Working Women's Day. Emphasizing that he believes that the world will be more peaceful, creative and peaceful in environments where women take part equally, İmamoğlu said, “When we look around us, we are currently experiencing a war. We are watching the war. It deeply saddens us all. A table has now been set up to represent Russia and Ukraine as the two sides of the war. You've seen his photo. There are no women at that table. Peace will be hard to come out of there. There is a lack of women at the point that sometimes drags societies into conflict. It's our responsibility to make up for this missing piece,” she said. After his speech, İmamoğlu took pictures of memories with the participants, and his joke that "Headline: Istanbul's female headmen made İmamoğlu kneel down" caused laughter.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğluAs part of March 8, International Working Women's Day, women headmen working in the city and IMM Assembly members came together. The meeting, which was held at the Assembly Hall in the main campus in Saraçhane, started with a presentation made by Şengül Altan Arslan, the first female Deputy Secretary General in the history of İBB. He shared the information that only 962 of the 146 neighborhood headmen in the city and the rate of female members in the IMM Assembly are 17,39 percent. Reminding that when they took office, the employment of women managers and employees in IMM was very low, Arslan exemplified their work in this context. Talking about the services of IMM for women and children, Arslan said, “Women's empowerment happens when women's voices are heard. Happy Women's Day, as an administration that hears the voice of women, we hope to work together with you, our esteemed mukhtars and council members, who mediate this voice, in solidarity on the basis of 'fair Istanbul'.

“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CLAPPING, WOMEN'S Clap”

İmamoğlu, who came to the podium accompanied by applause, expressed his feelings, “I think the most beautiful applause is the applause of women. Because the woman's applause reminds one of a mother's appreciation first. Of course, the labor of the mother who gave birth to the child is very big. Therefore, a child has the feeling that I should not be ashamed of my mother first. At least for me it is.” Sharing the information that there was a 3-fold increase in the number of women managers and employees within the IMM during their administration, İmamoğlu said, "I really greet you all with love and respect, I wish you a happy March 8 International Working Women's Day in advance." Pointing out that especially female muhtars have an important mission to ensure gender equality in local democracy, İmamoğlu said, “Sometimes, certain images disturb us all. Whether this is in Istanbul, in any establishment, institution or at a meeting in Turkey, it is really sad not to see a single woman when we meet around the table, sometimes where there are delegations of 30-40-50 people. The decisions taken there and the determinations put forward remain subjective. In other words, it would not be realistic," he said.

“WOMEN ARE LACK AT THE POINT THAT DRIVES COMMUNITIES TO CONFLICT”

Saying, “I really believe that the world will be more peaceful, more creative and more peaceful in environments where women are in an active position and equally," İmamoğlu brought the word to the war in our nearby geography and said:

“When we look around us, we are going through a war right now. We are watching the war. It deeply saddens us all. A table has now been set up to represent Russia and Ukraine as the two sides of the war. You've seen his photo. There are no women at that table. Peace will be hard to come out of there. There is a lack of women at the point that sometimes drags societies into conflict. The presence of women in that mechanism really strengthens peace and tranquility. It is our responsibility to complete this missing part," he said.

“DON'T CARE ABOUT THOSE WHO MAKE YOU MAKE US JOBS”

Emphasizing that he is honored to serve 16 million Istanbul residents, İmamoğlu said, "One of the proudest and most honorable duties in the world is to serve beautiful Istanbul." Reminding his visits to the Süleymaniye and Yerebatan Palace yesterday, İmamoğlu emphasized the centuries-old history of Istanbul. Addressing the participants with the words "Please feel that we are the representatives of a great civilization today," İmamoğlu said:

“Therefore, there may be people who sometimes make us deal with empty things, deal with empty agendas, clash and fight. It can be words. These words can also be owners. Don't care, don't see. This nation is a nation that has taken responsibility over these civilizations. It is noble. It is a nation that needs to be busy with the mind, science, real issues, equality of opportunity for men and women, the good upbringing of the children of this country and the better upbringing of the girls. It is not a nation that will run to vain works. I serve our city of 16 million people. You are the active chirping executive women in the capillaries of this city. Perhaps the number should increase. The day will come when only men will fill the empty seats you see in the seats of this Assembly. I think such an environment would be very good for Istanbul. I think that equality, a moral, just and creative environment and that balance will be good for this city.”

After his speech, İmamoğlu took pictures of memories with the participants, and his joke that "Headline: Istanbul's female headmen made İmamoğlu kneel down" caused laughter.

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