International meeting of elected women

The first International meeting of elected women will be held in Fundació Sa Nostra Palma on November 10 and 11. The objective of this meeting is to make visible the participation of women in decision-making and create collaboration networks. At the Fons Mallorquí de Solidaritat i Cooperació we believe that equitable gender participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieve the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda (especially SDG 5).

International meeting of elected women

November 10 to 12 in Fundació Sa Nostra (Palma)

Following its commitment with the 2030 Agenda and especially to milestone 5.5: “Ensure the full and effective participation of women and equal opportunities for leadership at all decision-making levels in political, economic and public life”, the Fons Mallorquí de Solidaritat will hold an International Meeting of Elected Women, which will include the participation of elected women from the municipal sphere of the countries from the Global South, and the Balearic Islands, and especially Mallorca.

The fInternational Meeting of Elected Women will be held in Palma on November 10 and 11. The porpusef this event to make visible the participation of women in the decision-making  process and to create collaboration networks. At the Mallorcan Cooperation Fund we believe that equitable gender participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieve the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda (especially SDG 5).

The event will be a space to exchange experiences and reflect about the challenges that public policies faces to guarantee full and equal socio-political participation between men and women throughout the world


The Fons Mallorquí de Solidaritat i Cooperació is an association of local and regional governments dedicated, non-profit, to Cooperation for Development. Established in 1993, it is currently made up of the 53 municipalities of Mallorca, the Council of Mallorca and the Government of the Balearic Islands and acts as a coordination tool for decentralised cooperation in Mallorca. The objective is to channel the efforts of local governments and the regional government to strengthen the bonds of solidarity between the citizens of Mallorca with the citizens of the global South.

Through the development cooperation projects financed by the Mallorcan Fund in countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Nigre, Tunisia, access to food, drinking water and sanitation, health and education, the strengthening of local democracy and active citizenship and gender equality. At the same time, the Mallorcan Fund encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences between the South and the North to improve governance and incorporate a gender approach into local democracy.


November 10 to 12 in Palma


November 10

In charge of:

“The importance of women’s representation in local politics: goals and challenges”.

The conversation will be hosted by Maitane Moreno. Journalist, director of IB3 Radio and Corporate Communication.


November 11

The role of networks of elected women at the local level: the example of REFELA (Réseau des femmes élues locales d’Afrique), ACOBOL (Bolivian Councilors Association) and Basqueskola Network of local Basque women elected – Basque Country). 

Moderator: Francesca Porquer, Mayoress of Campos.


“Young elected women and sustainable development policies”

Moderator: Bianca Aguilar, Councillor for Equality, Pollença Town Council.


Registration in advance is mandatory


November 12


Soham El Wardini

Former mayor of Dakar (Senegal)

Lamingue, October 18, 1952.

An English teacher by training, Soham El Wardin was the first woman to hold the trump card in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, from September 2018 to February 2022. Strongly committed to strengthening women’s leadership, during her tenure she has worked for a significant improvement of the living environment through its Dakar-Clean City programme. She has also initiated structural reforms to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of Dakar and the working conditions of municipal officials.

She entered politics in 1999 and became secretary general of the Alliance for the Forces of Progress (AFP) of the Commune of Mermoz-Sacré Coeur, president of the Women of the Department of Dakar and member of the political office of the party. In 2009, she became a Dakar city councillor and in 2014 she was elected Dakar’s first deputy mayor, a position she held until her election as head of the city in September 2018.

Gregoria Hinojosa Choque

President of ACOBOL (Bolivia)

San Miguel de Aquerana, April 24, 1984.

Councillor of the Municipality of Tacopaya with the position of Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Council, Gregoria Hinojosa is President of the Association of Councillors and Mayors of Cochabamba- ADECO, member of the Board of the Association of Autonomous Municipal Governments in IES of Cochabamba, Secretary of Gender at AMDECO and president of ACOBOL, the Association of Bolivian Councillors and Mayors.

She has extensive leadership training in different organisations: President of the Parents of the San Antonio de Pucara School, President of the CEA Samaritano, Leader of the San Miguel de Aquerana Sub Central, Centrala de Bartolinas SISA of the San Miguel de Aquerana Sub Central, Social control of the G.A.M of Tacopaya. In addition, she has a degree in Humanities from CEA Samaritano, a Higher Technician in Sewing from the Santo Domingo Guzmán Institute and is currently studying for a Middle Technician in Municipal Management at the CEA GMPC- ADECO Alternative Education Centre.

ACOBOL: Association of Councillors and Mayors of Bolivia

The Association of Bolivian Councillors and Mayors (ACOBOL) is the national entity representing Bolivian councillors and mayors. Its objective is to promote and improve the political position of women in the municipal sphere and defend the political rights of women, in the incorporation of the gender approach to development planning in the municipal sphere and in the reduction of inequality gaps. Since its creation, on August 13, 1999, it has become an instance of an associative nature and is part of the Municipal Associative System (SAM).

Mariama Chipkanou

President REFELA-Nigre

Tibiri, June 03, 1969.

President of the Department of Local Elected Women of the Department of Tibiri (2022), Mariama Chipkanou is a local elected official of the rural municipality of Tibiri in the Dosso region and National President of REFELA. She also holds the position of Vice President in the Africa Regional Committee of the Africa Education International Region (2018-2022) and Second Vice President of the local elected women’s office in the Dosso region.

She has a Professional Master’s Degree in Planning and Management of Educational Projects and Policies (2015), the First Degree Education Inspector diploma and the certificate of success during the IIPE-UNESCO Dakar course on gender-sensitive educational planning. She is currently the director of the promotion of girls’ education, president of the Executive Commission of the Initiative “Priority to Equality” or GCI.


The Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA, for its French acronym), brings together women members of political bodies responsible for the governance of cities and regional authorities in Africa. It is made up of five African regions: North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa. Its objective is to consolidate the networking of elected women at the national, local and African levels. It also promotes the exchange of experiences and good practises in the field of territorial governance and encourages the participation of women in local political life and in the management bodies of local authorities.

Vitalia Llave

Councillor of the City Council of Cotagaita, Potosí (Bolivia)

Campo Grande, May 22, 2000.

From her position as Councillor of the Cotagaita City Council, in Potosí (Bolivia), Vitalia Llave is in charge of promoting the role of women in her community, promoting the formation of micro-enterprises as well as implementing regulations against gender violence.

Her political concern began when she was still a student, when she ran as President of the Student Centre of her educational unit. Later, her community elected her as a political representative and she was chosen to stand in the municipal elections of Cotagaita on March 7, 2022, which she won.

Maria Ramon

Mayor of the City Council of Esporles (Mallorca)

Esporlas, August 25, 1989.

A teacher by profession, María Ramón is the first and youngest woman mayor of Esporlas. She assumed the position in 2015 with an absolute majority and revalidated and expanded it in 2019. Before becoming mayor, between 2011 and 2015, she was Councillor for Education, Culture, Youth and Festivals of the Esporlas City Council. She has been part of groups related to leisure, youth and social activism. She is currently a member of the Executive of Más por Mallorca, where she holds the position of Territorial Secretary.

Rita Abou Nader

Councillor of Jezzine (Lebanon)

Jezzine, March 28, 1989.

She is a councillor of the City Council of Jezzine, in Lebanon, and president of the city’s Environment committee. Graduated in Life and Earth Sciences in Biochemistry from Saint-Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut, Rita Abou also has a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Management from the same university and is currently working on her doctoral thesis with a project entitled “Installation of a regional natural park in Lebanon and specifically in the Jezzine region”. Parallel to environmental projects, she has always worked on projects related to women and was involved with NCLW “National Commission for Lebanese Women”.

Pilar Legarra

Member of Basqueskola Sarea

Graduated in Psychology with training and training in psychotherapy, Pilar Legarra has been mayor of Asteasu Town Hall (Gipuzkoa) since 2011 for the independent group Asteasu Batuz, integrated by a citizen platform. She is also a member of the Government Board of the Tolosaldea Garatzen Regional Development Agency; of the Executive Committee of the Social Participation forum; and municipal representative of the Igualdad Berdinbidean forum, both from the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa. She also holds the position of vice president of Udalbiltza and has been part of the Basqueskola motor group since 2012.

In recent years and up until her entry into politics, she has been very focused on family mediation and training in Women’s Empowerment Schools, with which she continues to collaborate.

Aina Calvo

Government Delegate in the Balearic Islands.

Palma, May 13, 1969

Degree in Philosophy and Letters (1992) and doctorate in Educational Sciences (1997) with the mention of European Doctor.

She is a university professor in the Department of Applied Pedagogy and Applied Psychology at the University of the Balearic Islands.

She has held several political positions, including: Deputy of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the Parliament of the Balearic Islands (2003-2004), Deputy Director General for Foreign Cultural Cooperation and Promotion, in the General Directorate of Cultural and Scientific Relations (MAEC- AECID) (2004-2006); mayoress of Palma (2007-2011); Co-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (2011); spokeswoman for the socialist municipal group in Palma City Council (2011-2015); and director of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) from July 2018 to February 2019.

Iryna Kolkovska

Councillor of the Lutsk City Council (Ukraine)

Lutsk, February 3, 1987

Iryna has a degree in Political Studies and Information Management, in addition, she has a Master’s degree in Information Analysis. She is a councilor of the Lutsk City Council (Ukraine). She has worked in the global management of various NGOs and is a specialist in managing projects aimed at promoting women’s entrepreneurship. As a councilor, she promotes gender equality and fights for real public attention on the role of women in social, political and economic processes in Ukraine.

Carola Gunnarson

Mayoress of Sala (Sweden), vice president of the Swedish Association of Local and Regional Authorities (SALAR) and European vice president of UCLG.

Möklinta, September 22, 1953

Acting President of Swedish Municipalities and Regions (SKR) since June 2022. Carola Gunnarson is also a member of the board and working committee of the Swedish Municipalities and County Council, as well as a member of the Swedish Council of Municipalities and Regions in Europe and spokeswoman for the territorial agenda and cohesion policy. In addition, for many years she was a member of the board’s transparency council in Västmanland County.

Previously, she was employed by the National Farmers’ Union (LRF) and at the Västmanland County Cleaning Company as project manager.

Hanan Koud

Councillor of the Ramallah City Council (Palestine)

Jerusalem, 21 August 1972

Hanan has more than 12 years of experience in research, gender analysis and studies with international organisations such as GIZ, UNDP, UN Women, OXFAM and local organisations.

She has managed good governance programmes with UNDP, and women’s political participation and peace and security programmes with the Palestinian National Office of UN Women, where, among others, she has formed the Central Election Commission on women’s political participation rights and coordinated the development of the First National Action Plan (NABO) of the Palestinian UNSCR with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and members of the OSCO National Committee. She has also supported the development of a Code of Conduct on violence against women in electoral processes for the Palestinian Electoral Committee as a national expert for the International Democratic Electoral Association (IDEA).

She is currently an elected member of the Local Council in the Ramallah Municipality since March 2022.

Gabriella Núñez

Councillor of the Town Council of Pueblo Nuevo (Peru)

Pueblo Nuevo, 5 December 1972

Gabriella Núñez has a degree in Tourism, a field in which she is an expert in tourism planning and management.

Born in the village of Santa Rosa, in the district of Pueblo Nuevo (Peru), at a very young age she joined youth groups to stimulate the leisure time of the youth of her village. At the age of 18, she emigrated to Trujillo to begin her university studies. She has experience and knowledge in State Social Programmes and extensive experience in public and private management and administration in areas related to tourism, culture and handicrafts. She is currently a councillor in her district.

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