Statistics about the participation of elected women in decision making across Europe are not comforting. In 2019, only 31% of the Parliaments members in the EU countries were women. Moreover, women counted only for 15% of mayors and 29% of local councillors. This negative trend undermines the potential benefits that would come from a more equal sharing of power between women and men.
In the framework of the International Women's Day, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Committee of European Regions and Municipalities (CEMR) are organising the event "Women in politics: overcoming the gender gap" that will take place on 5 March at the European Committee of the Regions. The event will gather CoR Members, Young Elected Politicians (YEPs), MEPs, Members of European associations and partners organisations working on the topic to reflect on the state of play and promote more women in politics at local and regional level.
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