29 November, 2021 – Lord Mayor of Banjul Rohey Malick Lowe (Banjul, The Gambia) has been appointed Vice Chair of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM). In her position as Vice Chair, Mayor Lowe is now a member of the GPM’s Daily Board, joining Mayor Peter Kurz (Mannheim, Germany), who serves as Chair of the organization, and Ricardo Rio (Braga, Portugal), the GPM’s Treasurer. The Daily Board is in charge of the daily governance of the Global Parliament of Mayors and part of the Executive Committee, which is the primary executive body of the GPM.
Mayor Lowe was the first woman elected mayor of Banjul, The Gambia, a position she has held since 2018. Mayor Lowe uses her powerful voice to advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. In her role as mayor, she has ushered in several developments in her city and the Gambia that enable them to be part of national and local decision making processes. She has established women’s political groups across the country to train women and youth and prepare them for leadership.
Since joining the GPM in 2019, Mayor Lowe has contributed actively to the organization. Most recently, Mayor Lowe co-led the GPM’s Uniting Mayors Project on climate-forced migration. In addition to her position in the GPM, Mayor Lowe is the President of the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum, and President of REFELA, The Gambia national chapter under the leadership of the United Cities for Local Governments (UCLG).