Mayor Garcetti announces formation of International Gender Equity Network


Announcement made at Third Annual State of Women & Girls Address and Expo, where Mayor Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland welcomed more than 1,000 attendees to a day-long conversation about gender equity in L.A. and beyond.

L.A. 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,” said Mayor Garcetti. “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,” said Wakeland. “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 inaugural State of Women & Girls Address in 2017 was the first-ever gender equity conference lead by a Mayoral administration in the City of Los Angeles.

This year’s event drew more than 1,000 women and girls — including hundreds of LAUSD students. 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. 

Following the Mayor and First Lady’s State of Women & Girls Address, attendees visited the #WomenMoveLA career expo — where they could receive information about job opportunities and connect with mentors. The expo also offered on-site health screenings and mindfulness demonstrations, female empowerment art displays, and a curated marketplace featuring local, women-owned businesses. 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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