UCLG highlights the role of local governments in promoting gender equality for sustainability

UCLG has published a new short guide for local governments, entitled “From SDG5 to Habitat III: the role of local governments in promoting gender equality for sustainability”. The guide, available in English, French and Spanish, explores the links between gender equality, the Sustainable Development Goals, Habitat III, and local governance.

The publication gives an overview of the evolution of international local government commitments on gender equality since 1998. It also highlights the role of local governments in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 5 to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls, and gives local policy-makers ideas on how to foster gender equality in their communities to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 and Habitat III Agendas.

Women Leadership and Development: Paris, 6 December 2015, 9:30-13:00

The guide is timed to coincide with the Women Leadership and Development event hosted by Mayor of Paris and Chair of the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Anne Hidalgo, in Paris City Hall on 6 December 2015. This event, co-organized by C40 Cities and held in the framework of the UCLG World Council, the COP21, and the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, will be a unique opportunity for locally elected women, local government practitioners and associations to discuss the role that gender equality at local level will play in the achievement of the major international development and sustainability agendas.

This issue will be debated in three panel sessions:

Local policies and services for equality: local support for SDG 5

The 2030 Agenda, which comes into effect in January 2016, includes a dedicated goal, SDG5, to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” and has integrated gender equality into many of the other 17 goals. How can local policies be harnessed to achieve SDG5?

A gender sensitive agenda for Habitat III

The importance of mainstreaming gender considerations across all urban policy-making is increasingly recognized but too often neglected in practice. Can Habitat III be harnessed to put gender equality at the centre of city design and governance?

Empowered women as the foundation of resilient societies co-organised with C40 Cities

Building resilient societies will be impossible without women. What assumptions and practices need to change to ensure women can contribute their priorities, skills and knowledge to a more sustainable future?

For more information on how to register for the event, contact the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality at [email protected].