Safe in Public Space? Gender Equal Cities in Bilbao 12 June 2018
Sally Kneeshaw, one of the coordinators of the initiative, will be both presenting and trendspotting during the conference, looking for new ideas and interesting practices that can be integrated in the scouting work of Gender Equal Cities.
On gender Equality in cities 2 specific sessions, on 12 June, from 9:00 to 11:00, focus on:
- Participation, Politics and Power
- Safe public spaces, online and in town
Gender equality is a cornerstone of human rights, democracy and social justice. This 2-part session explores how local action can play a pivotal role in achieving gender equality and empowerment objectives that have been adopted in international commitments such as the Beijing Platform for Action, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developments and the New Urban Agenda. Each part will last one hour.
The first part focuses on the equal participation and influence of women and men, both as citizens and in public office, as a prerequisite for effective democracy and good governance. United Cities and Local Governments, of which CEMR is the European section, estimates that around 20% of councillors and just 5% of mayors globally are women. This imbalance is undemocratic and must be rectified. As the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said: “We can’t exclude half of humanity from political decision-making.”
- Céléstine Ketcha Courtes, Mayor of Bangangté and President of the Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA)
- María Eugenia Rufino Morales, Mayor of Salobreña, Chair of FEMP Equality Committee
- Marianne Overton, Vice-Chair of LGA and Councillor for Lincolnshire
- Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women, Chief of Leadership and Governance Section
- Izaskun Landaida, Director of Emakunde-Basque Institute for Women, and Josune Irabien, Mayor of Amurrio, presenting the Good practice: Virginia Woolf Basqueskola for women elected representatives
The second part explores issues linked to public space and safety - online and on the ground. Women and girls around the world fear and experience various types of sexual violence in public spaces, from unwanted sexual remarks and touching to rape and femicide.
It happens on streets, in and around schools, public transportation, schools, workplaces, public toilets, and parks in urban, rural, settings. Cyber violence is also significant, according to a 2016 study by Women Political Leaders Global Forum, nearly half of the respondents to a survey about their use of social media – from every country, background, age, position and party – had received insulting or threatening comments about women’s ability and/or role.
- Sibel Uyar, Mayor of Urla (TUR)
- Laura Capobianco, UN Women, Global Advisor, Safe Public Spaces, Ending Violence against Women and Girls Section
- Sally Kneeshaw, URBACT, Gender Equal Cities capitalisation work programme
- Éva Kail, Chief Executive Officer of Vienna (AUT), Safety for women in Vienna’s public spaces
The session is moderated by Viviane Teitelbaum, Deputy Brussels Parliament, Alderwoman Ixelles commune, President Council of Francophone Women of Belgium
URBACT holds a stand on the conference grounds, so you are welcome to meet up with the team there and bring your input to the initiative’s work
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