Two liberal women have been shortlisted for the World Mayor Award together with 25 other female Mayors from across the globe: Jasna Gabrič, Mayor of the Municipality of Trbovlje, Slovenia, and Françoise Schepmans, Mayor of Molenbeek, Belgium.
Jasna Gabrič, member of the ALDE-CoR Bureau, is hailed as a wind of change bringing optimism to her city of Trbovlje; she was the youngest female Mayor elected in 2014 in Slovenia and one of the most hard-working, improving the lives of her citizens. She reduced the unemployment rate to under 10% (coming from 21%) while at the same time building a multicultural community leading to the transformation of a forgotten, less developed old mining city into one of the most developed cities in Slovenia.
Jasna Gabrič, Mayor of Trbovlje, Slovenia & member of ALDE CoR Bureau, was shortlisted for the World Mayor prize which will reward female mayors who've made outstanding contributions to their communities. Support her candidacy - vote now: https://t.co/Nx2lnOB5g6. pic.twitter.com/3XxryPVgI7— Renew Europe CoR (@RenewEuropeCoR) September 4, 2018
Françoise Schepmans has been shortlisted for her efforts to turn around the reputation of Molenbeek, a commune in Brussels, following its links to recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium.
This year’s World Mayor edition is dedicated entirely to women in local government, featuring the achievements of female mayors from across the world and honouring the best of them. The 2018 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on women who have made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to their communities.
You can now vote for your favourite candidate by sending an email to [email protected] (for Jasna Gabrič) or [email protected] (Françoise Schepmans). Please explain in your message, preferably in English, why does your choice deserve to win the 2018 World Mayor Prize.
ALDE-CoR President Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen, won the World Mayor Prize in 2016 for his outstanding achievements in welcoming refugees during recent years and for his long-term integration of immigrants from different cultures, religions and social backgrounds.
Find out more on the ALDE-CoR's website.