2016: a tipping point for women mayors and gender equality in cities

2016: a tipping point for women mayors and gender equality in cities

Local Elected Women - Bogota World Summit 2016Women still make up fewer than 20% of councillors and just 5% of mayors worldwide, but the signs are that a new generation of women leaders is emerging at local level, just as the global urban population is set to explode. In this new urban world, local and regional governments call for cities created by and for women and girls at Habitat III [Tweet this ].


"We can't exclude half of humanity from political decision-making." Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris [Tweet this]

There has never been a more exciting time in terms of women's leadership at local level across the world. In Europe, cities such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Bucharest now have women mayors in office for the first time. In Africa, the network of elected local women, REFELA, is celebrating its fifth anniversary and going from strength to strength. In India, women have taken the helm in the state governments of Jharkhand, Goa and Puducherry. In Japan, Tokyo has recently elected its first woman governor, Yuriko Koike. In the USA, its capital city, Washington D.C., is currently led by its second African American woman mayor, Muriel Bowser, and in Latin America, women mayors are consolidating their leadership and implementing agendas to transform the lives of their citizens. 
"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody." Jane Jacobs
But it isn't enough to have women in elected office. All women and girls in our cities and territories must be empowered to participate in economic, cultural and political life [Tweet this]. Female empowerment is both a goal and a means of sustainable urban development. Integrating a gender perspective into all local policymaking is essential to the achievement of SDG 5 and the New Urban Agenda.

"Women, Leadership and Development: from SDG5 to Habitat III"

If you agree that the New Urban Agenda must feminize our cities and empower women in all areas of urban life [Tweet this], join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #SDG5, #UCLGCongress and #Habitat3.

Women Mayors from across the world gather in Bogotá

On 14 October 2016, some of the world's foremost locally elected women leaders will gather at the UCLG World Congress in Bogota to share the unique challenges and experiencies of female leadership in our cities. At the session, organized by the UCLG Standing Committee for Gender Equality, the mayors will discuss their policy priorities for the coming 3 years and the partnerships necessary to implement the New Urban Agenda with a strong gender perspective. Confirmed speakers include Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Bangangté and President of REFELA Celestine Ketcha Courtès, Mayor of Tevragh Zeina, Fatimetou Abdel Malick, and Raisa Banfield, Deputy Mayor of Panamá.



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