16 October 2012, 11:08
I am working on a project concerning the development of 'women-friendly cities', the concept of a city tailored for women, specifically how Municipal government can be a major player in enhancing the quality of life of women. This became a global topic circa 1997 following the Istanbul Cities Summit (Habitat II).
I very much want to hear from people around the world with examples of good-practice and actual achievement, and with expertise in this remarkably interesting and important subject. Clearly, Violence Against Women (VAW) is significant and so is employment (both full and part-time), childcare facilities, women's health etc. Historically, there may have been less attention paid to this 'democratic deficit' because of one significant fact - the scarcity of women at the Local elected levels and in the upper echelons of the civil services.
In 2004, a Canadian report pointed out:
'Women are not as actively involved in municipal politics, even though they are specifically affected by decisions that concern their socio-economic condition, including housing, the balance between work and family responsibilities, safety, transportation, health and education.'
Ideally, I'd like to hear what listserve members consider the priorities in aiming at a women-friendly municipality, and examples where real advances have been made.
Best to all.