From September 2019 until March 2020, I will be the Lead Expert for Phase 1 of the Gendered Landscape URBACT Action Planning Network (Lead partner: Umea, Sweden).
Gender equality is a fundamental goal of European policy. Unfortunately, many urban policies, services, and physical developments still do not take gender into account, despite the fact that men and women use the city and its structures differently. The action planning network Genderedlandscape seeks to create an understanding of the city as a place where gendered power structures are always present and develop locally contextualised tools and approaches to work towards gender equality in urban policies, planning, and services. It is an URBACT network of seven European cities, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
In phase 1, the seven partners – Umea (SE), Frankfurt am Main (DE), Trikala (EL), Barcelona Activa SA (ES), La Rochelle Urban Community (FR), Panevezys (LT), and Celje (SI) – will explore their individual and shared challenges and forge a plan to tackle this highly diverse topic. Over the course of phase 2, which will run from May 2020 to May 2022, each partner will work to create an Integrated Action Plan to address their specific local challenges.