UCLG calls for locally elected women to #BeCounted to achieve SDG 5

UCLG is calling to track gender equality in local government and drive the achievement of SDG 5.

 Increasing the proportion of women in locally elected office  is vitally important as part of the global commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment.




Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life" 

Target 5.5 of the SDG 5 of the 2030 Agenda


Indicator 5.5.1 will allow women to #BeCounted in local government worlwide 

UCLG estimates that around 20% of councilors and just 5% of mayors globally are women. However, there currently is a lack of comparable global data on the number of women in local councils.

The lack of a reliable indicator on women’s representation in local government makes it very difficult to track progress on the achievement of SDG5 across the world.

For this reason, in the Framework of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Mayor of Paris and UCLG Co-President, Anne Hidalgo, will lead a delegation of women mayors to call on the international community to develop proposed SDG indicator 5.5.1 on the representation of women in local government.



We can only achieve equality if we know where we are now and can measure our progress. ”

Statement by women mayors





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If you agree that we need to count locally elected women to achieve gender equality in local government, support the campaign on social media using the hashtags: #BeCounted, #WomensDay and #IWD2017



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