The Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 World Mayor Prize, which was announced on 4 September 2018, includes 27 female mayors from 20 countries who have entered local politics not because they wanted or needed to prove that women can succeed in an environment shaped by men but because they believed they had the right ideas, skills and ambitions to help their communities to flourish.

World Mayor 2018 is dedicated to women in local government. It features the achievements and goals of women mayors from across the world and honours the best of them. The winner of the 2018 World Mayor Prize and other results were announced on 12 February 2019.

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About World Mayor
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• Results 2018
• Project 2018
• Shortlist 2018
• Longlist 2018
• Raison d'être
• World Mayor history
• World Mayor Prize
• Code of Ethics

• Criteria
• Meet the Press

• Mayor of Ancona
• Mayor of Doncaster
• Mayor of Rennes
• Mayor of Zamboanga

• Mayor of Ancona
• Mayor of Cologne
• Mayor of Doncaster
• Mayor of Fort Worth
• Mayor of Lille
• Mayor of Paris
• Mayor of Rennes
• Mayor of Saarbrücken
• Mayor of Trbovlje
• Mayor of Tunis
• Mayor of Zamboanga

• Mayor of Alphen / Rijn
• Mayor of Ancona
• Mayor of Baden-Baden
• Mayor of Calais
• Mayor of Chemnitz
• Mayor of Cologne
• Mayor of Cozumel
• Mayor of Doncaster
• Mayor of Fort Worth
• Mayor of Grand Rapids
• Mayor of Lille
• Mayor of Lodz
• Mayor of Molenbeek
• Mayor of Narayanganj
• Mayor of Oakland
• Mayor of Omaha
• Mayor of Paris
• Mayor of Rennes
• Mayor of Reutlingen
• Mayor of Saarbrücken
• Mayor of San Juan
• Mayor of Trbovlje
• Mayor of Tunis
• Mayor of Zamboanga
• Mayor of Zurich

• Mayor of Ancona
• Mayor of Cologne
• Mayor of Doncaster
• Mayor of Fort Worth
• Mayor of Lille
• Mayor of Paris
• Mayor of Rennes
• Mayor of Saarbrücken
• Mayor of Trbovlje
• Mayor of Tunis
• Mayor of Zamboanga









Betsy Price
Mayor of FORT WORTH (TX), USA since 2011
Quote: “Betsy Price is a competent, passionate and caring leader who demonstrates unyielding support for the future of our city.”
Vote for Mayor Price
Libby Schaaf
Mayor of OAKLAND (CA), USA since 2015
Quote: “Unapologetically and thoroughly committed to truth, justice, and equality.”
Vote for Mayor Schaaf
Carmen Yulin Cruz
Mayor of SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, USA since 2013
Quote: “After Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the San Juan Mayor became the voice of Puerto Rico”

Vote for Mayor Cruz
Muriel Bowser
Mayor of WASHINGTON DC, USA, since 2014
Quote: “In an economically booming city, Mayor Bowser focuses on those who struggle to keep up like the working poor and homeless.”
Vote for Mayor Bowser

Monica Fein
Mayor of ROSARIO, Argentina since 2011
Quote: “Strong focus on education and women’s health.”
Vote for Mayor Fein
Soledad Chapetón
Mayor of EL ALTO, Bolivia since 2015
Quote: “An outspoken defender of Bolivia’s constitution even if it means opposing the national government.”
Vote for Mayor Chapetón

Martine Aubry
Mayor of LILLE, France since 2001
Quote: “Aubry has transformed a struggling industrial city into a booming centre of culture and technology.”
Vote for Mayor Aubry
Anne Hidalgo
Mayor of PARIS, France since 2014
Quote: “The Mayor has implemented an impressive green programme for Paris.”
Vote for Mayor Hidalgo
Nathalie Appéré
Mayor of RENNES, France since 2014
Quote: “Mayor Appéré has focused on reduction of carbon emissions, child care, welcoming refugees and local democracy.”
Vote for Mayor Appéré
Margret Mergen
Mayor of BADEN-BADEN, Germany since 2014
Quote: “While representing the city on the world stage, she never forgets the needs of ordinary citizens.”
Vote for Mayor Mergen
Henriette Reker
Mayor of COLOGNE, Germany since 2015
Quote: “Despite conservative and right-wing attacks, Mayor Reker has remained steadfast in her support for refugees.”
Vote for Mayor Reker
Charlotte Britz
Mayor of SAARBRUECKEN, Germany since 2004
Quote: “Charlotte Britz is one of Germany’s most prominent supporters of equal rights for all members of society. She is also a true internationalist.”
Vote for Mayor Britz
Françoise Schepmans
Mayor of MOLENBEEK Saint-Jean, Belgium since 2012
Quote: “The mayor has been closely working with Muslim families to prevent the radicalisation of young men.”
Vote for Mayor Schepmans
Valeria Mancinelli
Mayor of ANCONA, Italy since 2013
Quote: “During Mancinelli's first term as mayor, Ancona has experienced strong economic growth"
Vote for Mayor Mancinelli
Liesbeth Spies
Mayor of ALPHEN aan den RIJN, Netherlands since 2014
Quote: “Mayor Spies is a women of great inspiration, leadership and, above all, integrity.”
Vote for Mayor Spies
Marianne Borgen
Mayor of OSLO, Norway since 2015
Quote: “The mayor has made the prevention of violence and assault against children one of her top priorities.”
Vote for Mayor Borgen
Hanna Zdanowska
Mayor of LODZ, Poland since 2010
Quote: “Under the mayor's leadership Lodz will remain a tolerant and welcoming member of Europe’s family of cities.”
Vote for Mayor Zdanowska
Jasna Gabric
Mayor of TRBOVLJE, Slovenia since 2014
Quote: “The mayor is a strong believer in equal opportunities, non-discrimination, equality between men and women as well as freedom of speech.”
Vote for Mayor Gabric
Ada Colau Ballano
Mayor of BARCELONA, Spain since 2015
Quote: ”Since being elected mayor, Ada Colau has not been afraid to confront central government and big corporations in the interest of her people.”
Vote for Mayor Colau
Corine Mauch
Mayor of ZURICH, Switzerland since 2009
Quote: “The mayor believes that particularly a successful city like Zurich must practise solidarity within and without.”
Vote for Mayor Mauch
Ros Jones
Mayor of DONCASTER, United Kingdom since 2013
Quote: “The Mayor has established herself as a powerful voice, representing the interests, not only of Doncaster, but the whole of Yorkshire and beyond.
Vote for Mayor Jones

Selina Hayat Ivy
Mayor of NARAYANGONJ, Bangladesh since 2011
Quote: “Women empowerment is one of the greatest challenges for the mayor.”
Vote for Mayor Ivy
Mikiko Shiroma
Mayor of NAHA, Japan since 2014
Quote: “By recognising same-sex partnerships, Naha is accepting gay people as full members of civic society.”
Vote for Mayor Shiroma
Beng Climaco
Mayor of ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines since 2013
Quote: “Under the Mayor’s stewardship, Zamboanga was awarded the ‘Most-improved-city” prize.”
Vote for Mayor Climaco
Fatma Sahin
Mayor of GAZIANTEP, Turkey since 2014
Quote: “No other city in the world has welcomed more Syrian refugees than Gaziantep...and no city has coped better. Thank you Madame Mayor"
Vote for Mayor Sahin

Clover Moore
Mayor of SYDNEY, Australia since 2004
Quote: “Strong-minded, independent and progressive, Clover Moore is the world’s best known female mayor.”
Vote for Mayor Moore

Souad Abderrahim
Mayor of TUNIS, Tunisia since 2018
Quote: “Her election as Mayor of Tunis will encourage young women across North Africa to challenge male domains.”
Vote for Mayor Abderrahim