On September 20-26 it was Gender Equality Week in Canada. It is was a time when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) honoured pioneering women who fought for gender-blind human rights, universal suffrage, employment equity, and many more causes that chipped away at privilege and challenged systemic discrimination. It was also a time to look around and acknowledge that subtle and glaring inequalities persist, both at in Canada and abroad. A time to ask the question: how we can be part of the solution?
On the 4th of November the CIB working group organised a webinar on using data to advance gender equality in international programming. Experts from Bosnia, the UK and from United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) provided useful insights on how data and solid monitoring and evaluation can help improve gender equality at local level. Pascal Lavoie, director of programs at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, was present as the moderator of the webinar.
Gender equality: a crucial topic on the CIB agenda
UN Women published an interesting brief which highlights emerging evidence of the impact of the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls. It provides recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society, including cities and local governments, in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. The document showcases astonishing figures on the increase of domestic violence, the increase of calls to helplines and demands for emergency shelters.
Below an overview of the open courses offered by the Hague Academy for Local Governance from this month up to February 2019.
On the 12th of April, the CIB Working Group held its first ever webinar session, on the topic of gender equality. The purpose of the webinar was to provide an opportunity for CIB members (i.e.
On 25 June Metropolis organizes a launch session of the Issue Paper number IV “Engendering metropolitan spaces in the context of Global Agendas” with the support of Brussels Capital Region.
Municipalities are the level of government closest to people, and every municipality is unique. As such, there are many critical paths that can be followed to advance gender equality. It is at the local level that coherent policies and programs can be developed to address the multiple global challenges affecting all women and men. In many ways, local governments can be leaders and act as a model for gender equality and the empowerment of women to build stronger communities and a stronger world.
October saw the organization of the 4th World Forum of Local Economic Development (LED), which took place in Praia, Cape Verde. The high-level event was hosted by the government of Cape Verde and the City of Praia and assembled 2800 participants from 83 countries. Local and regional governments reflected on how the LED approach provides a framework for the SDG localization and positioned LED as a means to achieve territorial equality, equity and cohesion in a context of a vulnerable, isolated and/or dependant country.
Large local and regional representation
In response to the European Mobility Week, that took place between 16 and 22 September, Metropolis, the world association of the major metropolises, stresses the importance of adding a gender perspective to mobility challenges.
On June 9, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, released Canada's first feminist international assistance policy. The policy will be anchored in the