Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Local governments have a long history of working at the local level in favour of gender equality, especially promoting women´s participation and political representation; using urban planning to create safer spaces; promoting equal access to education and day care, promoting economic empowerment and working to reduce gender-based violence.
However, there is still a lot to be done. Currently, fewer than 5% of the world’s mayors are women and women make up an average of just 20% local councillors worldwide.
ICLD is developping a network of local governments from Sweden, Guatemala and Colombia working for gender equality 2023-2026. This network provides an international platform for local governments interested in becoming champions of gender equality and create change!
Timeframe: 2023- 2025
Countries: Colombia, Guatemala, Sweden