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Pre-Conference Meeting on Women in Local Authorities’ Leadership Positions
Start Date: Nov 05, 2009
End Date: Nov 05, 2009
Venue: Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Description: The Seminar " Women in Local Authorities’ Leadership Positions: Approaches to Democracy, Participation, Local Development and Peace" focuses on the added value provided by the presence of women in local institutions in Africa. It also aims to lay the foundations for the creation of a platform for the exchange of Euro-African experiences of women representative of local governments.
In particular, the Seminar will endeavour to:

- Examine best practices on the participation of women administrators in local assemblies and in local governments and their relationships with the civil society;
- Assess the impact that women have in local institutions on governments' agendas and on policies to develop decentralization processes;
- Analyze good governance strategies in  countries that envisage actions to strengthen the role of women in local government to foster development and fight against poverty;
- Review programs and projects for the enhancement of female micro-enterprise and microfinance for women;
- Review the strategies adopted within and across countries to enhance the creation of networks of European and African women administrators;
- Define a shared policy agenda to build a Euro-African network of local women administrators.

The debate will focus on three main topics:

a. Decentralized governance and participation: an overview of practices with a gender perspective
b. Women’s role in the informal economy and their contribution to local development
c. Strengthening women’s networks: north-south and south-south partnerships

Aide Memoire


List of Participants


Statement by Ms. Carolyn Hannan
Power Point Presentation by Mr. Enrico Cecchetti
Power Point Presentation by Ms. Françoise Gaspard
Presentation by Ms. Nontsha Nciza

Power Point Presentation by Ms. Adriana Alberti
Presentation by H.E. Henriette Nyibdi
Power Point Presentation by Ms. Ines Smyth

Website: http://www.euroafricanpartnership.org
Created By: UN DESA / DPADM
Organizers: UN/DESA and the Region of Tuscany, Italy
Participation Requirements: By Invitation

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