Local and regional authorities have a crucial role to play and can be key actors in bringing about progress, notably through their substantive control over public services. Women remain, however, underrepresented in local decision-making across the EU.
As a step for change, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is bringing together a number of locally elected representatives, local leaders and experts, in order to exchange best practices and stir new ideas on how women can be empowered at local level in both politics and society.
The aim is to present a set of policy recommendations to the 350 locally elected members of the CoR during the plenary session of February 2019.
Two central questions will underpin the conference:
- What measures can local and regional authorities take to forward gender equality at local level?
- How to improve the political representation of women in local decision-making?