November 17, 2022     cib    

After many activities in the field of gender & local government, the CIB Working Group is now preparing the launch of a CIB Gender Knowledge Hub. We used the opportunity of the 'Feminist municipalism' session at the UCLG world congress to launch the Gender Knowledge Hub partnership, and announce some of the first ideas and next steps. Hemanthi Goonasekera, Secretary General of the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities presented 

Some background on the CIB gender knowledge hub
Advancing equality has been a key priority for CIB for many years. CIB now wants to take a next step, with the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and try to consolidate work that has already been done by local governments and their associations in this field. The CIB leadership and secretariat have started defining the concept of a Gender Knowledge Hub, together with colleagues from the Government of Catalonia, the UCLG Learning Team, Metropolis, DeLoG, the Association Nationale des Communes du Bénin, the National League of Communes of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, the Local Government Association of Zambia and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana. Together we have come to the following definition: 

The CIB Gender Knowledge Hub is a global collaborative platform for CIB members and partners, which should help strengthen the Feminist Municipal Movemnet. It will be a space through which local government elected officials and staff, and their associations, can advance their efforts to achieve gender equality at local level. The hub will consist of at least two components: 
- an interactive online library that will function as a dynamic and curated repository of resources, regularly updated and organized by categories
- a space of dialogue, connection and collaboration for local government practitioners and activists within the municipal movement. 

Proposed Initial Priority Areas of Focus for the Hub (2022-2024)
Ms. Goonasekera also presented some first concrete activities which will take place within the CIB gender knowledge hub:

  • A champion program for female local elected leaders to increase their capacities and opportunities to contribute to the global feminist municipal movement.
  • A toolkit to equip Local Government Association’s (LGA) with material and tools available to mainstream gender equality in local policies, programs and actions –with a focus on the provision of gender-sensitive public services.
  • An improved access for LGAs and local leaders to existing evidence and research about the impact of gender mainstreaming in LRG’s affairs.

Amore elaborate work plan for the period 2022-2024 will be ready in Q1 of 2023, and disseminated to the network.

More information?
You will find a two-pager with information on the CIB gender knowledge hub attached. Do you want to join the CIB gender knowledge hub partnership or learn more about the initiative? Please get in touch by emailing uclg.cib@vng.nl