Asia - Pacific
The mission of the Metropolis Women International Network, introduced in Berlin in 2005, is to create an international exchange and cooperation space for women who hold a political position either by election or appointment and female executives, directors and individuals operating in the local and metropolitan environment.
Its main goals are to improve female representation in local government and decision-making processes with local and metropolitan authorities and to facilitate the dissemination of experiences and good practices related with good governance.
The specific nature of the Network lies in its regional sections which constitute essential links for the dissemination of information and the coordination of activities and initiatives. The different sections are located in Abidjan, Amman, Athens, Bamako, Bangui, Barcelona, Brussels, Dakar, Estado de México, Mashhad, Pune and Seoul. Other regional sections shall be added in line with member interests. The main functions of the sections are to publicize information about the Network, to start up and coordinate activities intended for developing a better understanding of local problems and to get women involved in local and city governments.
ACTION PLAN 2009-2011
The Office of the Presidency, and the Network Secretariat, City of Montreal, shall ensure the application of the 2009-2011 Action Plan, which comprises the following elements:
1) Development of the Network
The Network Secretariat shall promote the development of the regional sections and support them in organizing their activities and associations to take local peculiarities like language, culture, etc. into account; attract more active women in the cities in their regions, and raise the quota of Network women members.
2) Organization of international women’s forums
The Network shall host two international forums. Bearing the international calendar and Metropolis’s own commitments in mind, they are scheduled to be held in 2009 and 2011. The forums shall be organized in conjunction with cities, the regional sections and international organizations.
3) Participation in similar international organizations and events
The Network’s ever-increasing recognition has come about through its representatives’ participation in similarly-themed international events and organizations, such as the 4th World Urban Forum. Its visibility and influence are one way of attracting more members to Metropolis and its related activities.
The Network shall organize training activities in collaboration with the Metropolis International Training Institute and other international organizations. Training sessions shall respond to the specific needs of Network members and the challenges facing women in cities. Depending on the issue concerned, sessions shall be open to both men and women, or shall address women’s requirements specifically. The Network intends to organize two sessions per year and to continue to encourage its members to take part in the general Metropolis training program.
Collaboration with international organizations dedicated to similar or complementary issues (e.g., UN-Habitat, UCLG, etc.) is essential for optimizing resources and making a bigger impact on matters related to women in cities. Cooperation with the UN-Habitat ‘gender’ programs is currently being discussed.
Mme. Samaké Hawa Diakité
Mme. Camara Fatimata Traore
Mme. Catherine SAMBA PANZA
Mme. Soham El Wardini
Mme. Aminata Thiam Ly
Mtra. Beatriz Santamaría Monjaraz
Lic. Aura Ibett Gutiérrez Zarate
Ms. Marina KLEMENSIEWICZ
Sra. Raquel Munt
Sra. María Antonieta SAA
Sra. Paula GÁRATE
Metropolitan Region of Santiago de Chile
Tel. 569-5 2080621
Ms. Kihyun Mun
Mme. Anne Claes
Head of Delegation
Director of External Relations
Ministry of the Brussels Capital Region
Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 20
Tel: +32 (0) 2 800 37 47
Mme. Sophie Willaumez
External Relations Directorate - Bilateral Relations unit
Ministry of the Brussels Capital Region
Bld du Jardin Botanique 20
Tel : +32 (0) 2 800 37 40
Fax : +32 (0) 2 800 38 20
Ms. Fatemeh GHAYOUR
Elected Member of the Council
Islamic City Council of Mashhad
Iman Khomeini Sq. Mashhad, I.R. IRAN
C/O : Dear Mr. Hamid Isfahanizadeh