WORLD MAYOR 2018
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WORLD MAYOR 2018
• Nomination Form
• Longlist 2018
• Raison d'être
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• Code of Ethics
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|The 2018 World Mayor Project
is dedicated to women mayors
The 2018 World Mayor Project is dedicated to women in local government. It features the achievements of women mayors from across the world and will honour the best of them. The all-women long- and shortlists will include mayors from towns and cities of all sizes who serve with integrity, determination and imagination. The 2018 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on women who have made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to their communities.
Women fought prejudice and struggled for equal rights and opportunities for hundreds of years. They did it with courage and resolve. In the 20th and early 21st centuries, women have achieved success in many spheres previously reserved to or monopolised by men, but their contributions are still often undervalued and their potential not recognised enough.
In local government, particularly in politics, women are under-represented. While a number of prominent cities, like Tokyo, Madrid, Washington, Rome and Sydney, have elected female mayors, according to research by the City Mayors Foundation, the organisers of the World Mayor Project, only some 20 per cent of the world’s mayors are women. It is also estimated that only between 30 and 35 per cent of city councillors are female. The percentage of women in local government varies, of course, considerably from country to country and city to city. For example in late 2017, six out of Sydney’s ten councillors were female, while in Tokyo the percentage of female councillors was below 30. City Mayors’ research in the US shows that while just under 20 per cent of the largest American cities have female mayors, more than 32 per cent of municipal councillors are women.
In previous World Mayor Projects, female mayors have always featured prominently, indeed the 2005 and 2008 Prizes were awarded to women, but by dedicating the 2018 Project entirely to women in local government, we hope to be able to feature more female city leaders, at greater depth. We wish to show what outstanding women mayors achieve all over the world. By doing so, we hope to encourage more women to contemplate a career in local government and run for political office.
The women who will be awarded the 2018 World Mayor Prize and other honours will be role models for young women and, indeed, men everywhere.
The World Mayor Project is looking for
women mayors with qualities such as:
• Competence in managing the day-to-day affairs of their cities
• Acumen of financial, business and economic affairs
• Honesty and integrity in decision-making
• Repugnance for using the office of mayor for self-enrichment
• Fairness in dealing with the varied needs and concerns of citizens
• Ability and ambition to be a mayor for all citizens, irrespective of their cultural, racial or social backgrounds and foster tolerance and amity among different communities
• Belief in working together with other cities, nationally and internationally
• Vision for a city that provides future generations of citizens with prosperity, safety and happiness
• Conviction that protecting and enhancing the environment is not optional but an absolute must
• Caring for disadvantaged groups of citizens
• Agreement to the City Mayors’ Code of Ethics
Please nominate your candidate for the 2018 World Mayor Prize now