On May 6, 2020, participants of the Live Learning Experience webinar led by UCLG ‘Women’s Leadership in the Post COVID-19 Era’ discussed the impact of the pandemic on the issues of gender equality and challenges being faced by local and regional governments in this field.
Mayors and politicians from all over the world shared their vision and measures being taken to empower women and girls, to ensure equal access to information technology and other resources, to combat unemployment and provide equal job opportunities.
Over 270 people took part in this online conference. Among them were Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Asa Regner, Executive Director of UN-Habitat Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau, Mayor of Bogota Claudia Lopez, Mayor of Dakar Soham El Wardini, Mayor of Tunis Souad Abderrahim, etc.
UCLG-Eurasia was represented by Secretary General Rasikh Sagitov, Vice-Mayor of Niznekamsk Elvira Dolotkazina, Head of the Department of International and Intermunicipal Relations of the Kazan Municipality Ruslan Galiakhmetov and others.
“Today, national, regional and local governments are already providing financial support to families with children who are in difficult life situation. Allowances are being paid, food packages are being provided,” Elvira Dolotkazina said.
Vice-Mayor of Nizhnekamsk emphasized the relevance of the UCLG’s message to the UN Commission on the Status of Women on Beijing+25 today. The text of this message was to be presented this March in New York during the meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. However, the event had to be cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus infection.