UCLG Women congratulate Anne Hidalgo, Chair of the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality and Co-president of UCLG, for her election as Mayor of Paris.
Anne Hidalgo was the First Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of Gender Equality (2001-2008) and of Urbanism and Architecture (since 2008). She also is a regional Councillor for the Ile-de-France Region.
With twenty year-experience as an expert in Social Law and Employment, among which ten as a Health & Safety Inspector, she became in 1997 Councillor in the Cabinet of Martine Aubry, the Minister of Employment and Solidarity, followed by, from April 1998, the Cabinet of Nicole Péry, the State Secretary for Women’s Rights and Training.
She took part in the elaboration of laws for Youth Employment, the Fight against Exclusion and Gender Equality. Highly committed to Equality, Anne Hidalgo chairs the Permanent Committee on Gender Equality and was appointed Co-president of UCLG during the World Congress which took place in Rabat in October 2013.
“I am the first woman mayor of Paris. I am aware of the challenge”.
Equality has always been high on the agenda of Anne Hidalgo and she has advocated for this issue to be higher on the international agenda of local and regional authorities.
Indeed, with only 14% of women mayors in France, gender equality remains an important field of action.