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Women in politics - 25.05.2020

Webinar | What is the state of play of gender parity in politics? Share your ideas on 29 May
This article was originally published by the European Committee of the Regions.

Women remain significantly underrepresented in local decision-making bodies across the EU. They account for only 1/3 of political decision-makers in Europe and around 15% of mayors. Local and regional authorities have a crucial role to play in the achievement of these objectives, as they are key actors to ensure a well-functioning democracy and a more effective policy-making.

In an effort to promote gender equality, the European Commission recently presented the EU Equality Strategy 2020–2025. To contribute to the promotion of gender balance, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) adopted the "Strategy for a gender balance in Members' participation in the CoR", aiming at enhancing gender parity in the nomination of CoR Members.

Do you want to know how are regions and cities moving forward gender parity? Would you like to know how to increase women participation in local and regional politics? 

Register to the CoR's Webinar "Gender parity in politics: the state of play" on Friday 29 May, 15:00 CET. 
  • Jaimie Just, CEMR Policy Advisor on Equality and Diversity will present the key findings of the study “Women in Politics: Local and European Trends".
  • Sally Kneeshaw, URBACT Programme Expert, will give an overview of the "Gender Equal City" initiative and will share best practices for local leaders on how to increase women participation in local politics and on gender-sensitive policy making at city level.
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