I have been the Lead Expert of the GenderedLandscape URBACT Action Planning Network (Lead partner: Umea, Sweden) since September 2019. The network will begin work on Phase 2 of the project – developing integrated action plans and testing them through small-scale actions – in Summer 2020.
Gender equality is a fundamental goal of EU 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. Genderedlandscape is an URBACT Action Planning network that seeks to create an understanding of the city as a place where gendered power structures are always present and develop locally contextualized tools and approaches to work towards gender equality in urban policies, planning, and services. The network is made up of seven cities and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Over the course of two and a half years, 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 work together to tackle this highly diverse topic. In 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, including urban development, the labor market, smart cities, advocacy, and stereotypes.
You can download the baseline study here (13 MB).