From 2012 to 2017, Vera Baboun was the first female mayor of Bethlehem, West Bank. Hitherto she taught English Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Bethlehem/Palestine. Baboun is member of the Higher Presidential Committee for Churches’ Affairs/Palestine, the Jassir Arafat Foundation and the International Impact Committee for Women Mayors Network in Washington D.C. She is a Palestinian Christian and part of a minority in her country. Bethlehem and West Bank are highly influenced by the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
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