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Women mayors show
resolve and determination

The Women Mayors Project, launched in late 2021 by the City Mayors Foundation, is dedicated to women in local government. The Project features the achievements of women mayors from across the world and campaigns for women to play a stronger political role in towns and cities. Female mayors have demonstrated their determination to succeed and service to their communities. Many have become role models for young women and, indeed, men.

In local government, particularly in politics, women are under-represented.  While a number of prominent cities, like Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, Paris and Sydney, have elected female mayors, according to research by the City Mayors Foundation, less than fifteen per cent of the world’s mayors are women. (Other research points to even lower figures) It is also estimated that in Europe and North America only between 30 and 35 per cent of city councillors are female. We wish to show what women mayors achieve all over the world. By doing so, we hope to encourage more women to contemplate a career in local government and run for political office.

The City Mayors Foundation
In this century, metropolitan areas, rather than nation states, will shape the world's social, cultural, technological and economic agendas. This process will lead to increased competition for human, intellectual and material resources but will also force cities to co-operate with and learn from one another.

The City Mayors Foundation, an international philanthropic research organisation dedicated to urban affairs, is maintained and financed by professionals working together in Europe, North and South America and Asia to promote strong and prosperous cities as well as good local government. Established in 2003, City Mayors encourages city leaders from across the world to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to long-standing urban challenges such as governance, society, housing, transport, education and employment. City Mayors also debates ways to meet the latest environmental, health, technological, social and security challenges, which affect the well-being of citizens.

The City Mayors Foundation has no association with any city or organisation and is run on strictly non-commercial, non-profit lines. Sponsorships, advertising, subscriptions, donations or any other kind of revenue are NOT sought and will be rejected, if offered.

Code of Ethics
City Mayors has instituted a Code of Ethics for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach. IN GREATER DETAIL

The World Mayor Project
The City Mayors Foundation has awarded The World Mayor Prize and Commendations since 2004. Every two years, the World Mayor Project features mayors who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and have developed a vision for urban living and working that is relevant to towns and cities across the world. Since 2016, the World Mayor Project has addressed some of the big issues of our time: The refugee crisis (2016); The underrepresentation of women in local government (2018); cities after the Covid-19 pandemic (2021). IN GREATER DETAIL

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