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About Fulton County’s Gender Equality Initiative

Fulton County, Georgia is the largest county in the state Georgia, in the southeastern United States, and home to more than 1 million residents.

Fulton County has a long history of initiatives in the interest of equality, including gender equality. In 2006, Fulton County was a sponsor for the first “Gender Equality for National and Local Governments 2006 Workshop,” hosted by UNITAR/CIFAL. This conference, with international participation, focused on the United Nation’s Third Millennium Development Goal, “the promotion of gender equality and empowerment for women”. This event highlighted possible areas of need in aligning Fulton County’s gender equality initiatives with others around the globe.

Shortly after the 2006 conference, we began a pilot Gender Equality Initiative, with internal data collection and work with an external consultant to give an overall view for the County.

In 2007, 2008 and 2009 Fulton County continued its partnership with CIFAL Atlanta and work with local governments throughout the Western Hemisphere in exploring and advancing Gender Equality and Government.

Fulton County has incorporated gender components into its budget process, in order to ensure that budget reductions do not have a disparate impact on men and women, or boys and girls.

The Gender Equality Taskforce has trained more than 400 employees about the possible existence of barriers women or men in employment, professional development or service delivery.

The Fulton County Approach to Gender Equality has been shared with other local, state and national governments across the globe, at forums in Belgium, Korea, New York, and Brazil.

In 2010, the Gender Equality Taskforce will launch a training program to introduce Gender Equality to more than 5,000 employees in the organization.

Commissioner Nancy A. Boxill, the first woman to serve on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, was honored with the Americas Award for Gender Equality in 2009.

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