The aim of the exchange space 1 in the framework of the International Meeting of Elected Women, Les Elegides, is to contribute to the generation of strategies and actions between the north and south of municipalities that are tackling this global challenge and those that want to start doing so.

The workshop will be led by Hanan Kaoud, councillor of Ramallah City Council (Palestine) and Natividad Francés, councillor of Calvià City Council (Mallorca).

Hanan has more than 12 years of experience in research, gender analysis and studies with international organizations such as GIZ, UNDP, UN Women, OXFAM and local organizations. She is a researcher and human rights advocate who has been working for more than 27 years with international and local organizations, as well as with private research institutes and the media, in Palestine in the management, planning and development of programs in the field of good governance, poverty reduction, politics and social participation and human rights.

Natividad Francés, on the other hand, is the Deputy Mayor of Calvià Town Council and is in charge of the areas of Social Cohesion and Equality, areas in which she has stood out for the promotion, management and development of programs and services aimed at young people. On a professional level, outside of politics, she has been a business manager in the commercial sector.

This exchange will help to understand better the dimensions of gender violence and its effects and thus the Fons Mallorquí and its partner municipalities will be able to contribute to their commitment to SDG 5 “Gender Equality” in all its dimensions and in particular to target 5.2 “Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private scopes, including trafficking and sexual and other forms of exploitation”.

The workshop will also explore, through the exchange of ideas and experiences, the challenges faced by local governments to better understand and respond to violence against women in the local sphere from a global perspective.

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