Women Leadership and Development: special event in Paris

Mayor of Paris and Chair of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality of UCLG, Anne Hidalgo, invites UCLG members, local elected women and partners to a special event on Women Leadership and Development on 6th December from 9:30 to 13:00 in Paris City Hall.

The event will be held in the framework of the UCLG World Council, the COP21, and the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, also being held in Paris in December. It will bring together elected officials, local government practitioners and associations as well as key partners in UCLG’s work on gender.

Local and regional governments have a long track record of working internationally for gender equality, with a particular focus on increasing the representation of local elected women and the promoting the participation of all women in local decision-making. The aim of the event is to discuss the role that gender equality at local level will play in the achievement of the major international development and sustainability agendas.

This issue will be debated in three panel sessions:

Local policies and services for equality: local support for SDG 5
  • The 2030 Agenda, which comes into effect in January 2016, includes a dedicated goal, SDG5, to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” and has integrated gender equality into many of the other 17 goals. How can local policies be harnessed to achieve SDG5?
A gender sensitive agenda for Habitat III
  • The importance of mainstreaming gender considerations across all urban policy-making is increasingly recognized but too often neglected in practice. Can Habitat III be harnessed to put gender equality at the centre of city design and governance?
Empowered women as the foundation of resilient societies
  • Building resilient societies will be impossible without women. What assumptions and practices need to change to ensure women can contribute their priorities, skills and knowledge to a more sustainable future?
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