31 January, Paris – To enhance women’s leadership and participation efforts, UN Women and the organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) today forged a cooperation agreement to collect local data on female political participation, to monitor local action plans on gender equality, to create a world observatory to track equality between men and women at the local level, and to adapt and upscale UN Women’s Safe Cities Programme to confront violence against women.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at the opening gala of the “Global Conference of Local Elected Women,” being held in Paris from 31 January-1 February. Attended by more than 500 locally elected leaders, the event was organized by the UN Women, Paris City Hall and the UCLG. The UCLG is a global network that represents and promotes the interests of local and regional Governments in over 1000 cities across 140 UN Member States.
“The MOU aims to enhance the effectiveness of both organizations’ development efforts, which share a common commitment to improving women’s access to local level decision-making and service provision,” explains Begoña Lasagabaster, Chief of Leadership & Governance for UN Women. “For UN Women, this agreement will help deepen and improve our work at the local level, ultimately improving women’s quality of life.”
— UN Women (@UN_Women) February 2, 2013