The White Paper, published in June 2015, is a timely contribution to the latest United Nations negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which is putting emphasis on both, urban development and equal opportunities for women's leadership at all level of decision-making in political life.
Issued by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and authored by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), the report evidences that urban settings can be favorable to bring about changes in traditional social norms, as well economic opportunities for women. However, women remain significantly underrepresented in local governments, and city officials, urban planners and policymakers often fail to address women’s specific needs.
The paper provides an excellent basis for further discussions on how to advocate for gender-sensitive local policies and programming to generate changes to women’s lives, there where it is most needed and felt – at the local level.
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