Women and Local GovernanceDec 1, 2015
Aghveran, 1 December 2015 – Strengthening the synergies between the activities of the “Women in Local Democracy” (WiLD) project and the ongoing and planned national reforms in local governance (focused on women’s participation, and the application of principles of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI) in local governance processes) were the main topics of the “Women and Local Governance” Community of Practice - a three-day workshop organized by the EU-funded and UNDP implemented WiLD project.
Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Vache Terteryan, RA First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, addressed the participants of the workshop during the closing session, highlighting the role women play in promoting democratic processes in Armenia. Representatives of the international diplomatic community in Armenia, including Swedish and Japanese Ambassadors, took part in the event and shared their valuable insights and perspectives on women engagement with the participants of the workshop.
“UNDP’s previous and ongoing experience in advancing women leadership has shown that women at community level have more opportunities and appetite to engage in decision making given their level of knowledge and the interest in shaping the decisions that impact their lives and communities. 2016 is a crucial year, since local elections will be taking place in more than 500 communities. It is essential to maintain the momentum and continue to offer support to the women we have worked with – through encouragement, knowledge and inspiration,” said Bradley Busetto in his opening remarks.
“The Global Gender Gap Index 2015, which ranks 145 countries according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, shows that with the highest score for education attainment women in Armenia do not sufficiently use their potential in political and economic spheres. This is inadmissible luxury for any country in the modern world. This potential should be effectively nurtured and directed to achievement of Armenia's development goals,” said Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia.
UNDP acts as a neutral facilitator to broker dialogues among different actors to promote legal and policy reforms for equal rights and equal opportunities between men and women, and women’s empowerment. During the past three years, the WiLD project reached out to about 1600 women from all ten regions of Armenia and supported them in pre-electoral activities, as well as after elections, with knowledge and skills on gender-balanced and participatory governance essentials. From 135 women candidates supported by the project, 82 were elected as heads of community and local council members.
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