Women’s Voices are Developing the City We Need

Women’s Voices are Developing the City We Need

An Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC), hosted by the Huairou Commission in collaboration with the Grassroots Sisterhoods Foundation, will be held in Tamala, Ghana from 25 to 27 October 2017. The UTC will aim to improve and engender urban governance, corresponding to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 5, 11 and 13 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

(Maami Abubakari , second hand clothes seller selling her goods [secong-right])

Though women are frequent victims to climate hazards and economic insecurity, they also contribute to the city’s development through trade taxes. The UTC will bring together market women, hawkers, vendors, and public space interest groups to identify five priorities for analysis at the partner session and roundtables.

(Task force engaged in decongestion)

Then, lab sessions will introduce the New Urban Agenda objectives, which will be followed by a session to discuss what the best practices are. A round table discussion will then identify gaps in the city’s development agenda, particularly regarding the provision for, and use of safe spaces and the inclusion of the voices of women and other vulnerable populations in planning the city’s future. The group will deliberate solutions, propose actions and draw up partner commitments. A follow up schedule will be agreed upon and signed by all campus partners.

(Traders selling in front of Zenith Bank)

Finally, a media discussion will enable participants to share commitments with the general public in order to recruit support and promote plans.


Author by: World Urban Campaign
Photo Credits: Huairou Commission (CC)