Gender Equality

As a fundamental right, Gender Equality is also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future. Sustainability in the development of societies can only be achieved when there is gender equality. Therefore, the role of local authorities as the closest governing body to the individuals, in the fight against gender inequality of vital importance. Supporting the political, social and economic participation of women in local life is among the most significant duties of the local authorities.

UCLG-MEWA, promotes active participation of women in local, regional, national and international decision-making processes as a prerequisite of democracy and development. In this regard, it has launched Committee on Gender Equality for its members to create a common voice on gender equality, share their experiences, and develop policies in this field.

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality

Launched at the UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting held in 19 December 2014, UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality aims at working on the issues of gender mainstreaming and developing policies on the same topic by creating a platform between local authorities, and taking solid steps against gender inequality which is among the most important issues of today’s world, through the campaigns that it will support, and to be among the key actors that are working on eradication of this inequality. The Committee also follows up the developments in the global agenda through operating in parallel with the activities of UCLG World Organizations’ Standing Committee on Gender Equality and UN Women.

Priorities of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality indentified priorities which are:

  • Quota system for greater political participation of women;
  • Developing social, political and economical regulations for enhancing access of women to all types of services;
  • Awareness raising campaigns in order to eliminate gender-oriented prejudices in society;
  • Sharing and dissemination of good practices of the local authorities in the field of gender equality issue;
  • Dissemination and the implementation of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
  • Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in particular Goal 5: promote gender equality and empower women in local policies;
  • Implementation and dissemination the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality “Commitment on Localization of Sustainable Development Goal 5”.

President: Kyrenia Municipality - TRNC

Co-Presidents:

  1. Beyarmudu Municipality - TRNC
  2. Beylikdüzü Municipality - Türkiye
  3. Association of Palestine Local Authorities (APLA) - Palestine
  4. Mersin Metropolitan Municipality - Türkiye 
  5. Yabad Municipality - Palestine 
Committee Documents 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 MONITORING EQUALITY IN MUNICIPALITIES PROJECT FINAL REPORT

The final report of the "Monitoring Equality in Municipalities" Project carried out in cooperation between UCLG-MEWA and KA.DER has been published.

 SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN MANAGEMENT IN IRAN

Tehran Municipality’s initiative Asian Mayors Forum, cooperating with Allameh Tabataba’i University from Iran, will be organizing its first international Summer School on Urban Management.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL BE IN GIRNE WITH GENDER EQUALITY AGENDA

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality will organize its first program with the new committee presidency after UCLG-MEWA Congress’22. The program will be held on 5 August 2022, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) under the auspices of the Municipality of Girne

 CALL FOR ACTION: EARTHQUAKE IN AFGHANISTAN

UCLG-MEWA expresses grave concern and sympathies towards the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan that hit the country's Paktika Province on June 21 and resulted in more than a thousand deaths and many more injuries.

 Iran Smart City Expo 2022

You are all invited to the 3rd Iran Smart City Expo & Conference, which will take place between July 3-5, 2022. The program, hosted by the help of the Ministry of Interior of Iran, aims to develop participants’ networks and provides capacity building opportunities on “Smart City Policies/Practices”.

 Tehran Twin Cities Festival

Tehran Municipality invites its Twin Cities to participate in the 1st Festival and Exhibition of Sister and Twin Cities of Tehran between 5-9 July 2022, to share experiences and display their capabilities and opportunities for joint projects and bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

The UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, under the auspices of the Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, the Governing Bodies and the Presidency will be updated, and Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL ATTEND THE EKO-IKLIM SUMMIT

The EKO-IKLIM (Economy and Climate Change) Summit, which will host the world’s first economy and climate change fair, will be held at the ATO Congressium, Ankara on March 30-31 under the leadership of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce. Within the scope of the summit, Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, will moderate the session titled “Green Transformation”.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, in which the Governing Bodies, the Constitution and the Presidency will be updated, the Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

 UCLG AWARDS '22: CALL FOR APPLICATION

The call for applications for the 5th edition of the International Award UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21 and UCLG Peace Prize 2022 are open! Deadlines: 22 April and 31 March 2022

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