In spite of the varied efforts by a number of cities to offer conditions which respond on equal terms to everybody’s needs and aspirations, it is evident that throughout the world, much still needs to be done in order to create urban conditions that provide environmental justice and equality for all, irrespective of gender, age, physical ability, socio economic status, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other.
The situation of women is a case in point deserving specific attention, because they represent half of the population and because gender intersects with most other sources of potential discrimination. Because of gender roles and norms, women are often confronted with problems of accessibility to employment, urban facilities, services, and public spaces. What can be done to move cities forward in these respects? How can city planners and public authorities intervene to render cities more egalitarian, fair and open to all, taking proper consideration of the multiple realities of all citizens, with particular attention to the most vulnerable groups?
This track will explore the means, the tools and the practices which may be adopted in order to promote greater equality and social justice in our cities.