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Across Europe, only 15 percent of mayors are female. The aim of the project was to increase the representation of women in local leadership positions/mayoral offices.

Together with experts and practitioners, this project aimed to support female candidates and mayors, establish sustainable networks and promote cross-border exchange. It also drew up recommendations for political actors, such as political parties, associations and legislators, to put in place measures and policies at the national and European level. Another goal was to raise public awareness of the need to promote gender equality in local leadership.

Target audience

Mayors and candidates from Germany, France, Poland and Austria


Austrian Association of Municipalities, Instytut Spraw Publicznych - Institute of Public Affairs, Association des maires ruraux de France, élues locales, Association of German Cities



Funded by


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If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch with the responsible contact person:

Manuela Möller

+49 (30) 3087760-62


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