1st Forum of Ibero-American Female Mayors & Elected Leaders
The 1st “Forum of Ibero-American Female Mayors and Elected Leaders” took place in Mexico City on 22 and 23 September. The forum was convened by the Barcelona Provincial Council (DIBA), the Government of Mexico City, the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá and the Municipality of Montevideo.
This first edition gathered over 200 local elected female representatives, amongst whom were the President of the Barcelona Provincial Council and mayor of Hospitalet de Llobregat, Núria Marín, the deputy attached to the Presidency and delegate for International Relations and mayor of Esplugues de Llobregat, Pilar Díaz, the mayor of Sabadell, Marta Ferrés, and the governor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum.
This forum was born with the objective of reinforcing and multiplying the presence and impact of women in local public leadership positions in order to put an end to the agendas of exclusion and privileges and build a new way of doing inclusive politics. Additionally, the forum is a space for confronting current systemic crisis with a new multidimensional, universal and interdependent approach to development in accordance with the new global agendas.
Furthermore, the event is conceived as an alliance between different Ibero-American local governments, led by women, seeking to generate thinking, exchange, training and advocacy spaces to improve feminist leadership. It is an opportunity for shaping a new municipalism capable of building local policies within the Ibero-American space, taking into account a rights-based approach that allows progress towards a new model of inclusive and sustainable development.
The forum was articulated around two days of work. One more technical and the other more political, tackling four priority areas:
- gender mainstreaming in all public policies
- feminist and care economy
- policies to prevent and eradicate gender-based violence
- promotion of female participation at political level
More information on the dedicated website (in Spanish)