Increasing urbanisation marks the role that cities have in tackling gender inequalities.
Public spaces tend to undeniably reveal the key gender issues we have to face, on order to reach equality. Beyond inequality issues, people don't feel welcome in a space they can't see themselves in. And while visuals and stories help, all demographics need to be represented at the table if building better cities is what we want to actually accomplish. If men still dominate initiatives and public policy on urbanism, then we need to redefine the framework and start conversations about developing a feminist city policy towards greater equality for all people in cities.
Women In Urbanism is founded exactly to take up this role. Framed within the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we aim to create an international learning network and platform as well as a local community of inhabitants of the urban environment and those whose job it is to shape it.
The lessons from these networks will be further reflected upon in a series of conferences for women of all urban fields that will result in the bottom-up determination of the key problems to tackle. A series of Hack- or Creatons will then be organised to develop solutions, tailored to Brussels to begin with. Each event in the series will focus on a different urban issue and brings together those who experience the impact of unequal urban policy and those who take part in the (in)formation of that urban policy.
We do this through a baseline study mapping the current gender inequality manifestation in the region of Brussels, we bring together professionals in the field but also women and girls affected by urban inequality to provide safe spaces of discussion and problem solving, we create a gender impact assessment tool to test the effect of gender mainstreaming in reducing gender inequality in the urban space.
Finally, we will also develop gender-sensitive indicators tailored to each stakeholder to measure changes and test impact over a period of +3 years. Such indicators are important to demonstrate what is possible and measurable to ensure changes in urban planning and design that enable inclusion and gender equality.
Alone you go faster,
together you go further.
>> The need of a narrative that fits the current global context and
>> Sharing the intersectional experience of women in an urban context and
>> Away from populism and polarization
Our goals? We want to
forge connections to ensure increased meaningful participation of women in all steps in the value chain from policy, through construction, management and use of the urban environment.
ensure that those who shape the urban environment are representative, knowledgeable, aware and that they have the tools to ensure it benefits all women as well as the men for whom it has always been built.
To do this, we need you!
So join us by mail or social media to find out more about our activities and plans.