Los Angeles will form the first-ever international gender equity network for cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at the third annual State of Women & Girls Address and Expo, where he and First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland joined more than 1,000 female leaders and students for a day of inspiration, motivation and education.
The network will assemble cities throughout the world committed to promoting gender equity initiatives, exchanging best practices, and using the gender equity toolkit developed in Los Angeles to build their own models for progress and action.
“Gender equity is everyone’s responsibility — and no one gets there alone,” Garcetti said. “We are making extraordinary progress in Los Angeles, and the network will allow us to share our strategies with cities around the world, and lead a broader conversation about successes and challenges in the urgent work of supporting and empowering women and girls.”
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something to advance the cause of equality and justice,” Wakeland said. “Together, we can make real, lasting change — and build a Los Angeles where women are never excluded from our economy, and girls are never excluded from the vital work of changing the world. They should know that this city has their backs – and that women and girls truly do move L.A.”
The State of Women & Girls Address and Expo is a tradition started by the mayor and first lady, bringing together female leaders of all ages for thoughtful conversations about the state of gender equity, advancing policies that increase opportunities for women and girls and building a more equitable and inclusive city.
The mayor and first lady honored the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering with the 2019 Gender Equity Award, in recognition of its innovative recruiting and hiring practices.
Attendees visited the #WomenMoveLA career expo – where they received information about job opportunities and connected with mentors. Following the expo, students attended the Young Women’s Assembly session, where they gained career insights from meeting with female executives in government, technology, entertainment and business.
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