“Gender perspectives in urban planning” – Ana Falú

25/02/2016

+ info: UN Habitat

Ana Falú from the National University of Cordoba – and the Coordinator of the UN-Habitat UNI Gender Hub – in this lecture discusses urban planning from a gender perspective, with emphasis on both who has the right to the city, and who has the right to plan the city.

SYNOPSIS

This lecture aims to discuss the inclusion of women in the debate around cities, incorporating proposals and experiences primarily related to urban policies in Latin America.

Given the advances in the LAC region and world-while addressing women’s rights, this lecture focuses on the persistence of omitting women in urban planning. The lecture departs from the assumptions that city planning and access to urban assets and their distribution in the territory are unequal, in addition to the socio-demographic transformations, and the need to recognize the contribution to social wellbeing as well as the participation of women into urban economy.

The urbanization is here analyzed from a gender perspective and women’s demands, including accessibility, services and use of public spaces, time and space variables, cross cutting with the right of women to live a life free of violence. The urban form and urban economy pose a complex debate in which it is also necessary to incorporate the analysis on the evidence of gender omission. The gender dimension and the diversity of social individuals should be central within the debates on cities vis a vis their transformation in the globalization process. In considering the empirical evidence of the extension and the resulting urban form of cities that are more elusive, fragmented, unequal and gender blind it is apparent that the need for more data and knowledge is crucial. Inclusive planning also calls for the promotion of a more equal accessibility to urban equipment, services and accessibility prioritizing the collective over the individual, and considering people in vulnerable conditions. In planning terms, it is a necessity to challenge the current approach to planning, and the need to work on microphysics of territories as a key for life quality.