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Women in Placemaking Webinar

Updated: Jan 9, 2022



Presenting an emerging mosaic of gender-sensitive urban interventions addressing how cities of both the present and the future can be green, inclusive, liveable and poetic.


26 January 2022

4- 5 pm CET

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Hosted by UNITAR in partnership with UN House Scotland and facilitated by urban ecologist and UNITAR Fellow May East the webinar introduces a mosaic of women-led urban interventions in European cities at the forefront of gender-sensitive urban planning and design.


Hear from Eva Kail about Vienna



From master planning to women-led place-making interventions, the city has since 1992 developed over 60 gender-sensitive projects including the Aspen Seestad neighbourhood and has embedded gender-mainstreaming in its urban planning decisions. Vienna’s creative patterns of place making pays particular attention to the soft measures democratising the way women and girls use and experience public spaces.


Eva Kail


Eva Kail is one of the leading experts for Gender Planning in Europe. She works in the Competence Centre Overall Urban Planning, Smart City Strategy, Participation and Gender Planning of the City of Vienna. As an urban planner in the Executive Group for Construction and Technology, she coordinated about sixty pilot projects in the fields of housing, mobility, public space, urban development and social infrastructure.


Hear from Linda Gustafsson about Umeå




Achieving gender equality in all planning processes has been a core priority of the municipality of Umeå in Sweden which set up a Gender Equality Committee as early as 1989. For 30 years the city incorporated gender perspectives into urban planning in mobility and infrastructure. Umeå is known by its ground-breaking work of co-designing public spaces with young women.



Linda Gustafsson


Linda Gustafsson is the gender equality officer within the Strategic Development Department of Umeå Municipality.


Hear from Sara Ortiz about Barcelona




The cooperative of women architects, sociologists and urban planners Col·lectiu Punt 6 is one of the precursors of feminist urban planning in Catalonia and Spain. Their planning techniques and participatory tools include women both as objects and subjects of urban planning, and as experts of everyday life. The coop is known by its innovative ways of engaging women in shaping their neighbourhoods.


Sara Ortiz


Sara Ortiz Escalante is a feminist activist and urban planner. A member of Col·lectiu Punt 6 she has a PhD in Planning by the University of British Columbia with the dissertation "Planning the everyday/everynight: a feminist participatory action research with women nightshift workers".



The webinar is facilitated by May East



May East is a British/Brazilian urban ecologist, sustainability educator and UN House Scotland Director of Cities Programme. A UNITAR Fellow she is currently researching how cities would like if designed by women. Her work spans nature-based solutions for urban planning and the use of regenerative design approaches for shaping eco-communities, mining cities, slums, transition and abandoned towns.



This webinar advocates that it is in the experience and practice of the city that we have the best chance of making a just world.


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