In the nineties, the State of Québec adopted a decentralisation policy towards the regional and local levels and called for development sensitive to women’s needs and the inclusion of women in local and regional structures. In spite of the State's hidden agenda, the new policy sparked off a vast investment in local and regional affairs and a search for strategies that would give women more power on the local scene without them loosing any momentum in the influence gained over the State. The presentation reports on a partnership between an academic feminist research group, local women's groups and regional authorities aimed at involving more women in local and regional issues.