The key conclusions of the report are as follows:
- Equality and empowerment of women needs to be at the core of the policy proposals made by local and regional governments in international processes.
- Women are to the achievement of the SDGs what local governments are to the actual implementation of the agenda; instrumental actors who will trigger far-reaching transformation and foster ownership from the bottom up.
- Fostering the participation of women in decision making at all levels remains critical to ensure fairer, more resilient societies.
- Gender-sensitive policies not only benefit women but will unlock transformational potential across the board, changing perceptions, designs and values to the benefit of more balanced human societies.
- Creating support networks for women leadership needs to remain a priority of UCLG and its partners at national, regional and international levels.
- The equality agenda is not a women-only agenda. The active participation of men and the education of young boys will need more attention.
- The road to equality cannot be diverted and UCLG will need to lead by example in the 2016 UCLG governing body elections.