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Women's vision and needs in European Cities: from destruction to rebirth


Thursday, June 30, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 2
Women's New European Bauhaus of the UNESCO Chair on gender equality, UPM, SPAIN and AGGI-UNH, Urbanima-LUPT University of Naples Federico II, AFEM
Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future
NE 182


This event focuses on how to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in post-conflict. It aims at designing a process that makes full use of women’s skills, their great capital of knowledge, their active protagonism, demonstrated in the phases of the humanitarian emergency, and their creativity to build resilient cities capable of recovering from the devastating impacts of war. If actual space is given to the needs, voices and abilities of women in building the future of cities, not only the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda and the NUA can materialize, but also the New European Bauhaus Initiative (NEB) that connects the European Green Deal to our daily life and living spaces, inviting all Europeans "to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, our minds and our souls ". Conflicts destroy entire territories, buildings, and human lives, tearing apart the social fabric of communities. In the aftermath of war, however, there may be an opportunity for profound change. The refugee crisis is a crisis of women, and this is also true in Ukraine. Since the start of the war, women and girls make up about 90% of the more than 5.9 million refugees. The women, active agents of the survival of their communities, must not be neglected in the peace negotiations and in the post conflict phases. Instead, the value of women's skills and their different thinking regarding ways of living and designing cities and territories, their innovative practices aimed at sustainability, resilience, and equity, must be recognized. In this way, we will be able to avoid building new houses in which no one wants to live, and planning new neighborhoods that do not respect the identities of place and are not suited to the needs of their inhabitants


- Promote exchanges on gender mainstreaming and participatory processes with grassroots, women, and youth, as innovative urban practices responding to the challenges confronted by cities in the processes of urban rebirth and the urban-rural continuum.

- Refine methodologies employed by UN-Habitat in urban post-conflict to the European context in relation to gender equality.

- Develop principles and recommendations, aiming at stimulating a structural change in urban planning focused on the women’s approaches to the visions of the NEB, the 2030 Agenda and the NUA.

- Promote the organization a Gender EGM addressing gender approaches to urban planning processes for the rebirth of sustainable, peaceful, and resilient cities that are "women friendly" after humanitarian emergencies and conflicts

Session speakers

Prof Inés Sánchez de Madariaga
Chair of AGGI-UNH, vice President of GAP, Professor of Urban Planning, UNESCO Chair on Gender
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Mr. Marcos Ros Sempere
European Parliament
Prof Teresa Boccia
AGGI -UNH member, Urbanima-LUPT, Federico II University of Naples, Professor of Urban Planning Co chair WPCG of GAP, Honorary President of AFEM (Association Femmes Europe Méridionale),
Mrs. Nataliya Danylko
Department of Urban Planning and Design,
Institute of Architecture and Design, University LVIV,
Mrs. Barbara Rambousek
Director Gender
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD
Prof Jakub Świerzawski
Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Applied Arts.Construction and Applied Arts, University of Technology in Katowice
Mrs Lara Blanco
UN Deputy Director
Sustainable Development Unit, EOSG, United Nations
Mrs Tetyana Nestorenko
Associate Professor
Department of Economics, Entrepreneurship and Finance of Berdyansk State Pedagogical University
Mrs Mariia Markina
Associate Professor
Department of Regional Studies and Tourism, Vadym Hetman Kyiv National University of Economics,
MRs Vira Ohorodnyk
Associate Professor
Department of Regional Studies and Tourism, Vadym Hetman Kyiv National University of Economics,
Mr Robert Biedron
Commission for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, FEMM, European Parliament
Mr Neil Kohr
Chief of Staff to the ED
Mrs Raquel Lagunas
Head of Gender Team
United Nations Ddevelopment Program
Mrs Solomiia Shcheholska
Associate Professor
Department of Urban Planning and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, University LVIV