As part of the Global Mayors Forum, the Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, took part in forum 7 focused on Urban Social Safety Nets and Community Governance. During her participation, she introduced the Bogotá's Care System, a recently honored initiative that received the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. This initiative emphasizes care and women's empowerment in urban development.
Centered on urban public services, social safety networks, and community governance, this forum allowed participants to share innovative approaches and practices to enhance community governance, improve living standards, optimize public services, and promote urban inclusion. Additionally, it showcased the achievements of social governance in the Chinese-style modernization, offering insights into the management of global cities and communities.
Last Thursday, Bogotá received the Guangzhou Award for the Bogotá's Care System. This award recognizes decades of feminist activism and the women's movement in Bogotá, which was forced to pause and abandon life projects due to the burden of caregiving responsibilities.
In this post, Mayor Claudia López provides further details about her participation in the Urban Social Security Networks and Community Governance Forum:
En el marco del Global Mayor’s Forum y el Guangzhou Award, hemos tenido la oportunidad de participar en el Foro Redes de Seguridad Social Urbana y la Gobernanza comunitaria. Allí, presentamos nuestro Sistema Distrital del Cuidado, iniciativa recientemente galardonada que pone de… pic.twitter.com/pXl0SLa1T6— Claudia López Hernández (@ClaudiaLopez) December 9, 2023
"In Bogotá, 52% of our population consists of women. Nine out of every 10 caregivers are unpaid, which means that 1.2 million women perform unpaid caregiving work every day. This entails working seven hours a day to take care of all family members, often at the expense of their own opportunities," stated the mayor.
However, thanks to the various services exclusively provided through the Care Blocks, their lives are no longer on hold. In 2020, an idea was born out of the reality faced by thousands of women in Bogotá who dedicate themselves to caregiving. That's why the District Care System emerged as an alternative approach to address the historical inequalities in our society, inequalities that disproportionately affect women. Over 480,000 women and their families have benefited from this initiative during these three and a half years.