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Global Local Executive Panel: Increasing gender equity in local government


This session is part of our Global Local Executive Panel series. Explore more local solutions to global challenges – FREE for LGIU members.

Session overview

Leading off the back of the 2024 International Women’s Day theme “Count Her In: Accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment”, this Global Local Executive Panel will bring together local government experts from around the world will look at the issues to achieving equal participation in local government and what we as leaders/incumbents need to work to change to increase women’s representation.

This event takes place at 7:30am – 9:00am GMT / 6:30pm – 8:00pm AEDT

Key areas of exploration

  • Barriers to women taking on elected or senior leadership roles in local government
  • Strategies to increase female participation in local government
  • The importance of a diverse range of voices to good governance and decision-making
  • What we, as leaders and incumbents, need to work on and advocate to increase women’s representation in local government


Hannah Stevens, Director, Elect Her, England, Scotland, Wales

Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, Wicklow County Council, Ireland

Dr Niki Vincent, Victorian Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner, Australia

Kara Cook, CEO, Basic Rights Qld and Working Women Qld and Advisory Member, Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation, Australia

About Global Local Executive Panels

At LGIU, we are exploring new ways of bringing our members high-level insights from councils across the world on how local government is dealing with key global issues.

The Global Local Executive Panel Series aim to bring together executive speakers from local government across the countries we work in and beyond to share solutions they’ve found to critical challenges faced worldwide. These sessions bring together senior executives from international councils to share ideas, compare approaches and explore learning opportunities.

LGIU and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) are thrilled to gather together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore harmonious decision-making in councils!