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Local governments are in a unique position to contribute to the global struggle for gender equality by improving the status of women around the world. Local Governments are the level of governance closest to the citizens and as service providers and employers have an important role in creating the conditions that encourage women’s political participation. In this special feature, we are collecting knowledge resources, case studies, stories and interviews from women active in local politics.  

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Tokyo’s female governor keeps winning: What it means for Japan’s male-dominated politics

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Tokyo’s female governor keeps winning: What it means for Japan’s male-dominated politics

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The first woman governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, has won a third term – against another woman candidate. The race between multiple women signifies a push for greater female representation in Japanese politics, which is still overwhelmingly dominated by men.

Eight years ago, Yuriko Koike became the first woman to lead Tokyo, beating her male predecessor. She won her third term as governor July 7, and one of her closest rivals was a woman.

The first woman governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, has won a third term – against another woman candidate. The race between multiple women signifies a push for greater female representation in Japanese politics, which is still overwhelmingly dominated by men.

Eight years ago, Yuriko Koike became the first woman to lead Tokyo, beating her male predecessor. She won her third term as governor July 7, and one of her closest rivals was a woman.

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Advancing Gender Equality in Governance: Kosovo* and Albania Collaborate for EU Integration through EU-Funded Gender Equality Facility

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Advancing Gender Equality in Governance: Kosovo* and Albania Collaborate for EU Integration through EU-Funded Gender Equality Facility

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UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Local Administration Governance and the Agency for Gender Equality within the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo, under the European Union-funded “Gender Equality Project”, on June 2024, organized an exchange visit and workshop in Albania to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacities of local Gender Equality Officers to effectively engage in gender-responsive governance and EU accession.

UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Local Administration Governance and the Agency for Gender Equality within the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo, under the European Union-funded “Gender Equality Project”, on June 2024, organized an exchange visit and workshop in Albania to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacities of local Gender Equality Officers to effectively engage in gender-responsive governance and EU accession.

As the UK’s first female Chancellor, will Rachel Reeves be a game changer for women in politics?

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July 8, 2024

As the UK’s first female Chancellor, will Rachel Reeves be a game changer for women in politics?

Another election, another round of politicians who tout the same ideas, speak the same way, wear the same suits and, possibly, the same aftershave.

Another election, another round of politicians who tout the same ideas, speak the same way, wear the same suits and, possibly, the same aftershave.

Gender quotas must be introduced in local government in order to achieve equality

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June 23, 2024

Gender quotas must be introduced in local government in order to achieve equality

The recent local elections are a real-time example of why we need gender quotas. 

The recent local elections are a real-time example of why we need gender quotas. 

Women leaders remain scarce in Thai local politics. What can be done?

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June 19, 2024

Women leaders remain scarce in Thai local politics. What can be done?

According to a report by UN Women, as of January 2023, Thai women held only 20

According to a report by UN Women, as of January 2023, Thai women held only 20

USA: Women's Status in 2024 State Level Elections

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May 29, 2024

USA: Women's Status in 2024 State Level Elections

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Ireland: record number of women set to contest June's local elections

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Ireland: record number of women set to contest June's local elections

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A record number of women candidates are expected to run in June's local elections.

So far, 649 women have been selected or declared for the contests.

Although nominations do not close until midday on Saturday, this would mean around a third of candidates would be women.

The figures were provided by Women for Election based on analysis by the NUI Maynooth lecturer, Adrian Kavanagh.

A record number of women candidates are expected to run in June's local elections.

So far, 649 women have been selected or declared for the contests.

Although nominations do not close until midday on Saturday, this would mean around a third of candidates would be women.

The figures were provided by Women for Election based on analysis by the NUI Maynooth lecturer, Adrian Kavanagh.

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Netherlands: Half of women in local politics face online harassment

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Netherlands: Half of women in local politics face online harassment

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Nearly half (47 percent) of women in local politics face threats and hate online, compared to 35 percent of their male colleagues. Female politicians from progressive parties are particularly often targeted, according to new research commissioned by the Cabinet.

Nearly half (47 percent) of women in local politics face threats and hate online, compared to 35 percent of their male colleagues. Female politicians from progressive parties are particularly often targeted, according to new research commissioned by the Cabinet.

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Nigeria, Gombe voters elect two women as council chairpersons

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Nigeria, Gombe voters elect two women as council chairpersons

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History was made on Monday, 29th April 2024 when Two Women were sworn-in as democratically elected Executive Chairpersons of local government councils in Gombe for the first time.

The Two Women who were declared winners of their various LGAs during the Council elections held last Saturday, 27th April 2024, are, Hon Fatima Binta Bello, Shongom LGC, and Egla Idris, Billiri LGC, all of them members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

History was made on Monday, 29th April 2024 when Two Women were sworn-in as democratically elected Executive Chairpersons of local government councils in Gombe for the first time.

The Two Women who were declared winners of their various LGAs during the Council elections held last Saturday, 27th April 2024, are, Hon Fatima Binta Bello, Shongom LGC, and Egla Idris, Billiri LGC, all of them members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).