Locally elected women gather for unique forum on gender equality at the UCLG Congress in Bogotá

The Forum of Locally Elected Women on Friday 14th October looks set to be one of the highlights of the UCLG World Congress, the triennial global gathering of local and regional leaders

On Friday 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 and territories. 

One of UCLG's most valuable functions as a global network is its ability to bring together locally elected leaders from across the world to share their challenges, experiences and knowledge. This is particularly true in the case of women, who are still vastly underrepresented; it is estimated that women make up fewer than 20% of councillors and just 5% of mayors worldwide. UCLG hopes the 2016-2019 mandate will be a tipping point for women's presence in the organization and to our work fostering women's participation across the world.

The Forum of Locally Elected Women is one of a series of Commuity Forums at the congress designed to bring together leaders who face similar experiences and challenges; other community forums at the Congress include those for local government associations, metropolitan governments, intermediary cities, and regions.

At the Locally Elected Women's Forum, organized by the UCLG Standing Committee for Gender Equality, local leaders will discuss their policy priorities for the coming the years and the partnerships necessary to implement the New Urban Agenda with a strong gender perspective. 


11:00-12:30, Sala 2, Coferias Centre, Bogotá, Colombia

Chair: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and President of the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality

First panel
  • Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid, Spain, @ManuelaCarmena
  • Sally A. Lee, Mayor of Sorsogon city, Philippines,
  • Fatimetou Abdel Malick, Mayor of Tevragh Zeina, Mauritania, @ABDELMALICKf
  • Cristina Vélez, Secretary for Women, City of Bogotá, @CristinaVelezV
  • Fatma Şahin, Mayor of Gaziantep, Turkey and President of UCLG-MEWA, @fatmasahin
Second panel
  • Raisa Banfield, Deputy Mayor of Panamá, Panamá, @raisabanfield
  • Celestine Ketcha Courtès, Mayor of Bangangté, Cameroon, and President of REFELA
  • Sylvie Goneau, Councillor of Gatineau, Québec and 2nd Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, @sylvie_goneau
  • Ibon Uribe, Mayor of Galdakao, Spain and President of the CEMR Equality Committee @IbonUribeGdko, @CEMR_Equality 
Follow the event on social media at 11am on 14th October using via the #UCLGCongress hashtag.