Globally, only 5% of city leadership positions and 10% of senior architecture and urban planning positions are held by women. The inadequacy of gender expertise in urban planning has meant that women’s access to essential services and economic opportunities has too often been an afterthought in the design of urban environments. This gap has led to serious inconveniences, and at times dangers, for women, children, and gender minorities. As a result, the design of many cities today perpetuates and exacerbates gender inequities.
This UrbanShift webinar, organized in collaboration with the C40 Urban Planning Network and Inclusive Climate Action Programme, convened a group of inspirational women to discuss how gender-inclusive urban planning and design can reshape gender roles and create safer, happier, and more equitable cities for all.
- Helene Chartier, Director of Urban Planning and Design, C40 Cities
- Emma Miloyo, Architect at Design Source and the first female President of the Architectural Association of Kenya
- Meera Sundararajan, Team Lead, Gender and Policy Lab, Greater Chennai Corporation
- Marion Waller, Advisor to the Mayor of Paris, Urban Planning, Innovation and Attractiveness
- Viola Follini, UrbanShift Project Manager, C40 Cities
This guide provides urban leaders a methodology to mainstream gender equity in urban planning and design.
Freetown the TreeTown campaign: Using digital tools to encourage tree cultivation in cities
Against the backdrop of population expansion and rapid urbanization, the Freetown City Council came up with a plan to plant and grow 1 million trees by 2022—an effort that would increase the city's vegetation cover by 50%.
Mapping Social Landscapes
This guidebook helps planners understand the priorities, values, and resource use patterns of people within a landscape to improve landscape restoration efforts.
Chennai, India: Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company’s Meendum Manjappai campaign
Model: Public-Private Partnerships