Barriers to Women Candidates and Women Administrators in Local Governments

Dec 2023

This report is the outcome of research studies conducted in the 5 partner countries implementing the Partnership for Municipal Innovation – Women in Local Leadership (PMI-WILL). The PMI-WILL project is implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in partnership with member municipalities, provincial and territorial associations (PTAs), as well as in collaboration with Local Government Associations (LGAs) and key stakeholders in each of the five implementation countries.

The PMI-WILL project intends to enhance the enjoyment of the rights of women and girls in five countries: Benin, Cambodia, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Zambia. This six-year project (2021-2027) will support women local elected officials and administrators at the municipal level, municipal councilors and local governments in the partner countries. To assess the barriers to women’s participation in local governance as elected officials and decision- makers, research was commissioned by the LGAs.

Our special thanks go to our donor, Global Affairs Canada (GAC). We would like to express our appreciation to the LGAs as well as all the consultants commissioned by the LGAs whose contributions and analysis made this study possible. For the country specific research reports, please check with our 5 partners below: