Women’s Participation in Local Government



At the beginning of the year, NAMRB team conducted expert survey on women's participation in political life at local level for the mandate of 2015-2019. The database formed composes information for women on elected positions, mayors and municipal councilors, as well as for women's deputy- mayors.

The data show that:

Women's mayors are 35 or 13.21% of total number of mayors elected. The female mayors lead the capital city of Sofia and three of the municipalities’ district centers. In addition, 31 smaller municipalities have also female mayors.

Among women mayors, the longest-serving one with four consecutive 4 years mandate is the Krumovgrad municipality mayor Ms. Sebihan Mehmed, holding the position since 2003. With three full 4 years mandates are mayors of 4 other municipalities: Lyaskovets Ms. Ivelina Getsova, Lom Ms. Penka Penkova, also member NALAS General Assembly, Mirkovo Ms. Tsvetanka Yotina and Venets Ms. Nehriban Mehmedova.

Women in NAMRB Supervisory Board are 40%, in the Management Board – 13.04% of the total members. The heads of seven of the 12 NAMRB Standing Committees are females.

Female municipal councilors are 1 371 or 26.45% of the total number of municipal councilors for the mandate 2015-2019. With highest share of 39.34% is the participation of women in the Sofia Municipal Council, followed by 26.39% in the small municipalities and 25.92% in the municipal districts.

The women deputy- mayors are 200 or almost 40% (39.53%) of the total number of deputy- mayor. In 56 municipalities, 100% of deputy- mayors are women. There are 107 municipalities without female participation in their management, but the substantial part of them have only one mayor.

For comparison, the women in the Bulgarian Parliament are 62 or 25.83% of the total number of members. In the European Parliament, only 3 women or 17.65% of the current national delegation represent Bulgarians. Interesting is the fact, that in the previous mandate of the European Parliament 2009-2014, women were 7 or 38.89% of the Bulgarian national delegation.