For the first time 200 women at the top of the Austrian municipalities

Mayors crack the symbolically important 200 mark – the new youngest mayor is 25 years old

Vienna (OTS) For the first time, the number of Austrian mayors has reached the 200 mark. This shows a clear upward trend: ten years ago the share of women among mayors was 119 out of 2,357, only 5%; five years ago 146 women mayors were in charge of Austrian municipalities – a share of 7% (out of 2,100 municipalities). With Margit Wennesz-Ehrlich The 200th female mayor from Oslip in Burgenland was elected by the local council on Friday, October 15th. This means that the local chiefs are currently in charge of 9.5% of the total of 2,095 municipalities in Austria.

“We are pleased that new mayors are constantly being added. Of course there is still room for improvement, but as the figures show, we are on the right track, ”explains Municipal Association President Mayor Alfred Riedl. “Women in municipal leadership positions send an important signal for equality in this country and also motivate other women to have more confidence in themselves. The mayors are encouragement for women in all areas and should be strengthened in their efforts, ”he emphasizes.

With Nicole Zehetner-Grasl In addition, a new youngest mayor was elected to office – she is 25 years old and was elected last Sunday in the community of Hofkirchen im Traunkreis. The young mayor emphasizes: “It is important to me to reflect the needs of as many citizens as possible in the local council. That’s why I try to inspire a mixture of young and old, women and men and diverse realities of life for local politics. I want to show: I am a woman, I am 25 years old and I have the confidence to do so. Please trust yourself to do that – even if there are one or the other hurdle on the way. “

Zehetner-Grasl is one of 47 mayors in Upper Austria. Lower Austria currently leads in a comparison of federal states with 75 female mayors. There are currently 22 female mayors in Styria, 17 in Tyrol and 14 in Burgenland. Carinthia currently has 10 women mayors, only in Salzburg and Vorarlberg there are fewer with 9 and 6 women mayors respectively. The cards will be reshuffled again in 2022. In February of next year municipal council and mayor elections will take place in Tyrol and in October in Burgenland.

Municipal Association Vice-Presidents Mayor Sonja Ottenbacher and Mayor Roswitha Glashüttner have been committed to promoting women in local politics for years. In order to network and strengthen the local directors, the two initiated the annual mayors’ meeting together with the Austrian Association of Municipalities. The vice-presidents emphasize: “It is our declared goal to get even more women excited about local politics. After all, it is the claim of a representative democracy that all population groups are represented in the decision-making bodies. “

Information about the Austrian Association of Municipalities:
The Austrian Association of Municipalities has been representing the interests of 2,084 of the 2,095 Austrian municipalities and cities at federal level since 1947 and thus represents a total of around 70 percent of the Austrian population.

Inquiries & contact:

Austrian Association of Municipalities
Andreas Steiner, BA MA (press officer)
Tel.: (01) 512 14 80 – 18
Car: +43 664 82 38 476
E-Mail: [email protected]

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