September 6, 2019

Ottawa — The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announces the Partnership for Municipal Innovation – Women in Local Leadership (PMI-WILL). This project will work in five countries – Benin, Cambodia, Ghana, Sri Lanka, and Zambia. Leveraging Canadian municipal expertise, this initiative will support thousands of women municipal councillors and dozens of local governments as they work to deliver more inclusive services and reduce barriers to women's participation in local governance.  

For more than 30 years, FCM has partnered with the federal government in support of Canada’s international development objectives, implementing international assistance initiatives in nearly 60 countries. 

The Partnership for Municipal Innovation – Women in Local Leadership (PMI-WILL) is a 6-year program, supported by a contribution of up to $26 million from Global Affairs Canada with an additional in-kind contribution of $1.61 million from Canadian municipal experts.


“This international initiative builds on FCM’s extensive experience supporting gender equality in Canada — especially when it comes to seeing more women in public office. We are proud to support the new generation of women leaders that are changing the face of municipal governments, both in Canada and around the world, to create communities where everyone feels represented.”

— Bill Karsten, FCM President 

“Canada will help advance women’s leadership and decision-making in governance and public sector management in developing countries. Supporting local governments in implementing and delivering gender-sensitive reforms and services will ensure that the needs and interests of marginalized groups — particularly women — are addressed.”

— Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

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FCM’s international development initiatives 


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