2021 International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD) Conference

Virtual sessions November 29 - December 2

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Municipalism, social movements and feminist approaches

November 1, 15h00-17h00 CET

The global feminist municipalist movement is a key building block of a better normality towards a renewed local democracy. We want to open this space for dialogue where strategies for deploying feminism and participatory democracy in local politics converge. Elected representatives will be invited to share about the relationship between feminism and participatory democracy and their experiences in incorporating a gender perspective in the practices of citizen participation.

Guiding questions

  • What trends are reshaping municipalism and how are they related to the links between local governments, social movements and social demands?
  • How to uphold the full potential of co-created cities based on cooperation, which are inclusive and caring towards citizenship rights?
  • What policy innovations from recent times could be highlighted in terms of participatory democracy, strengthening civil society initiatives or renewing the local government-residents relationship?
  • How is feminist municipalism related with the shift towards a more horizontal governance and the promotion of participatory democracy?
  • What role did feminist municipalism play in the construction of caring territories favoring democratic transformation and citizen participation.


Introduction and framing by Amanda Fléty, UCLG-CSIPDHR (7 minutes)

First panel: Focus on municipalism and social movements (50 minutes)

  • Gissela Chalá, Vice-Mayor of Quito
  • Carla Amtamann Fecci, Mayor of Valdivia
  • Mayra Mendoza, Mayor of Quilmes
  • Chloé Lebret, Councilor for Equality and Rights Equality of Grenoble

Second panel: Focus on feminist approaches (50 minutes)

  • Janet Ågren, Councilor of Umeå
  • Odette N'Zy, Councilor of Cocody
  • Carolina Contreras, Councilor at Quilpué
  • Elisa Naud, Coordinator of Analysts at OCPM Montreal
  • Brigitte Tandonnet, President of the Bordeaux Metropole Sustainable Development Council and gynecological doctor
  • Gemma Altell, Feminist social psychologist. Founder of G360, Cartografies Humanes i Socials

Wrap up and conclusions by Adrià Duarte

Speakers presentations

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