March 17, 2021

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic took over the local and international debate, particularly considering the need to take care of people, democracy and the planet for the future we want. In this context, the specific impact on all women, the relevance of gender-sensitive responses, and the role of women and feminist leaders to tackle and recover from this crisis have been important topics across UCLG’s agenda.

Feminist municipalism: Local to Global Women Leadership & Decision-making
At the occasion of the CSW65, UCLG will convene Local and Regional Governments’ Days to enable  iscussions and exchanges on the key role of the international municipalist movement to promote and achieve gender equality in all parts of the world. In collaboration with international organizations, civil society representatives, UCLG will organize a series of thematic sessions that illustrate the multi-dimensional impact of local feminist leadership to attain a just, sustainable and resilient world.

17 March, 15.00 – 17.00 CET: Local Feminist Leadership: Care at the Centre
We Care: Local leaders and their actions, and in particular the role of women and feminist leaders are key to ensure transformative changes for better societies that benefits all.

The COVID-19 crisis has emphasized the predominant role of women in responding to the pandemic, at the same time it has exacerbated the pre-existing inequalities against women and girls and vulnerable populations. The essential role of care is now at the centre of reflections of a people-centered sustainable development worldwide. In this regard, the Pact for the Future propelled by United Cities and Local Governments calls for placing People, Planet and Government at the top of the political priorities, aiming at bringing together all relevant stakeholders to bring about the necessary actions to achieve a future that leaves no one and no place behind. The voice of municipalism is clear: feminist local leadership that places care at the centre, through actions on public service provision, health, fighting inequalities and paving the way to an ecological transition. Local and regional governments work to guarantee gender-sensitive responses in the post-crisis recovery, towards the effective achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for all.

For more information on this and other events, please find attached the English programme.