The European Development Days (EDD) was held in Brussels on 5-6 June 2018. Under the theme “Women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development”, this forum focused on the role of women and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UCLG hold a stand and engaged in different sessions to showcase how the constituency is already taking action to localize Sustainable Development Goal 5 by promoting gender equality in local decision-making.
The programme for this year’s edition of the EDDs included different spaces and sessions, at which our organizations were represented to discuss the role of local and regional governments in developing and implementing gender-based policies to achieve gender equality at all levels.
The UCLG Committee on Culture participated in a practical session where a set of recommendations on how to include a gender perspective in culture for development was discussed. Likewise, the Committee engaged in a session on how to empower women through cultural heritage and creative industries.
UCLG have a long track record of working internationally for gender equality. Through its Standing Committee on Gender Equality, UCLG monitors and promotes the participation of women at local level across the world. UCLG dedicated these two days at the stand to promote the #BeCounted campaign that calls on the international community to track women’s representation at local level to drive the achievement of SDG5.
At the Global Village City Hall, UCLG and its partner organizations worked together to raise awareness on the importance to strengthen women’s and girls’ voice in participation and include them in decision making to achieve gender equality and make sustainable development a reality.