Carme Clavel

Managua
Regional Co-Director
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Carme Clavel Arcas is a renowned Central American feminist born in Barcelona (Catalonia). In Nicaragua, the country where she currently resides, she helped form the Women's Network Against Violence and Health Network, and she is co-founder of the Center SI Mujer. She worked for the IXCHEN Centers for Women and for the Womens' Secretariat of the Association of Rural Workers (ATC). She was on the Board of Calala, the Women’s Fund of the Spanish government, which she co-founded in 2009, and has been president of the Board of the Central American Fund for Women (FCAM) since 2012. 

Carme graduated in medicine from the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, and has a master's degree in public health from the Center for Research and Health Studies of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua and a special course in gender and development from the Central American University (UCA). Between 2000 and 2007 she worked in Atlanta, United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pan American Health Organization.

From 2008 to 2014 she was director of gender for the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID) in Nicaragua. Carme has participated in various investigations and publications on violence against women, the role of the public health sector and women’s organizations. In her work, she has emphasized prevention, documentation and detection of violence, and stressed the importance of documenting what happens to us, in our own words and facts. The aim is to reflect the magnitude of the problem of violence against women on the public agenda, and the need to prevent it, address it and erradicate it. Currently she is part of the steering committee of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Initiative.