Committee on Gender Equality


According to UN data, although there are constitutional arrangements to ensure equality between men and women in 143 countries since 2014, joint efforts of all levels of government are needed to turn these initiatives into concrete steps in the field. In this regard, local governments, which have a command of the socio-cultural dynamics of the society to a large extent, are located in the center of this process.

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality runs its activities in parallel with the global agendas such as the Beijing Declaration signed in 1995, the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life and the Sustainable Development Goals. The committee also encourages local initiatives to ensure equal opportunities for participation in political and social life in the region. It also conducts advocacy work on a global scale. In particular, the committee is monitoring equality efforts at the local level with the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality Commitment on the Localization of Sustainable Development Goal 5.

The Committee operates in line with the following priorities, taking into account regional dynamics:

  • Supporting institutionalization efforts that ensure equal opportunities for women and men in local governments
  • Strengthening the dialogue between non-governmental organizations and local government in gender equality studies
  • Promoting mechanisms to increase women's participation in political and social life
  • Supporting efforts to eliminate gender-based discrimination and combat violence
  • Girne MunicipalityPresident
  • 🇵🇸 Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA)Co-President
  • Beyarmudu MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇹🇷 Beylikdüzü MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇹🇷 Mersin Metropolitan MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇵🇸 Yabad MunicipalityCo-President
Member List
No. Institution Country
1. Aassoum Municipality Lebanon
2. Al Buraij Municipality Palestine
3. Baninaim Municipality Palestine
4. Beit Jala Municipality Palestine
5. Büyükçekmece Municipality Türkiye
6. Eriha (Jericho) Municipality Palestine
7. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
8. Gebze Municipality Türkiye
9. Karesi Municipality Türkiye
10. Mezitli Municipality Türkiye
11. Nablus Municipality Palestine
12. Nilüfer Municipality Türkiye
13. Ordu Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
14. Sier Municipality Palestine
15. Sultanbeyli Municipality Türkiye
16. Union of Dannieh Municipalities Lebanon
17. Union of City Councils of Türkiye Türkiye
18. Urla Municipality Türkiye
19. World Academy for Local Government and Democracy (WALD) Türkiye
20. Zeytinburnu Municipality Türkiye
21. *Antalya Metroplitan Municipality Türkiye
Committee Focal Point

Projects Department