UCLG-MEWA held various activities in Girne on 5 August 2022 under its Committee on Gender Equality. The opening ceremony started by the welcoming addresses of Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Nidai Güngördü, Mayor of Girne, and Sibel Tatar, First Lady of TRNC. In her video message, Emilia Saiz, UCLG Secretary General, emphasized the importance of attaining Gender Equality and stressed that men and women uphold the necessity of Gender Equality. Uğur İbrahim Altay, Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality and UCLG Co-President, also sent his message in a letter that was read by the program anchor. The activities in the day long event included the Presidency Meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality, the Launch of the ‘Monitoring Equality in Municipalities Project Final Report,’ Panel Discussion on Achieving Gender Equality in Local Leadership, and Roundtable on Equality Action Guidelines for Local Governments.
UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality Presidency Meeting
UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality held its first Presidency Meeting for the 2022-2025 period on 5 August 2022 in Girne. UCLG-MEWA organized the meeting in association with Girne Municipality. The municipality of Girne was elected as the President of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality for the 2022-2025 period.
The meeting was presided by Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General and Nidai Güngördü, Mayor of Girne. The UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality meeting aimed to discuss the new strategies and priorities and draw the roadmap for the coming period.
The meeting was also attended by İlker Edip, Mayor of Beyarmudu, Didem Çavuşoğlu, Project Coordinator at Beyarmudu Municipality, Ünzile Kuru, Council Member at Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, Edibe Sahil from Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, Meltem Başa, Deputy Mayor of Beylikdüzü Municipality, Nazife Figen Karahan, Council Member at Beylikdüzü Municipality.
The Launch of the Monitoring Equality in Municipalities Project Final Report
The Launch of the “Monitoring Equality in Municipalities” Final Report published by UCLG-MEWA and KA.DER also took place and was followed by a panel discussion. Mehmet Duman, Nuray Karaoğlu, the President of KA.DER (Association for Supporting of Women Candidates) addressed the gathering with their welcome speeches. Salim Korkmaz, General Coordinator at UCLG-MEWA, Melis Şahin, Coordinator at UCLG-MEWA, and Ayşe Kaşıkırık, Project Advisor at KA.DER discussed the report under the moderation of Yehia İbrahim, the focal point Committee on Gender Equality at UCLG-MEWA.
Panel Discussion on Achieving Gender Equality in Local Leadership: Challenges & Opportunities
The panel discussion on ‘Achieving Gender Equality in Local Leadership’ was organized by UCLG-MEWA and Girne Municipality to discuss the challenges and opportunities, and participation of women in the local leadership. The panel discussion was moderated by Nidai Güngördü, Mayor of Girne and Co-President of UCLG-MEWA. The panel discussion was participated by various academicians, social activists, and the focal point of the UCLG Committee on Gender Equality.
Roundtable on Equality Action Guidelines for Local Governments
The roundtable meeting on Equality Action Guidelines for Local Governments was also organized within the scope of the Girne Program. The meeting was aimed at Creating a guide for municipalities in the process of preparing an Equality Action Plan. The meeting was presided by Misli Kadıoğlu, Project Coordinator of the Social Affairs Branch at Girne Municipality.