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Women in Cities International News - December 2016
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Dear Members, 
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! We are celebrating all of the work Women in Cities International has accomplished this year. From International Anti-Street Harassment week to the Habitat III conference in Quito, WICI has been busy in our home base of Montreal as well as internationally. Our team of staff, interns, and volunteers have worked together on a variety of projects to further our goals of making cities safer and more inclusive for women and girls. Here are some highlights from the year! If you would like to get involved with WIC by becoming a member, sign up here! We are looking forward to a busy and exciting 2017, continuing to work for women's rights around the world and safe, inclusive cities for all.
-The WICI Team

 
Image from Kate's video "Let's talk about Street Harassment."


Right to Campus
Interns Dina Al Shawwa and Arianne Kent have launched their project Right to Campus, an awareness campaign developed to promote and propagate an inclusive, equitable, and safe McGill culture. Right to Campus focuses on issues pertaining to the right to public space and will be implemented on McGill’s downtown campus. It launched at the start of the school year alongside McGill Orientation Week 2016, and has continued with Right to Campus hosting safety audits on campus and participating in Community Engagement Day. Look out for their upcoming podcast miniseries and art show! http://righttocampus.com/

 
Executive Director Kathryn Travers with other safe cities for women leaders at Habitat III


Online Discussions With Wikigender, OECD UN Habitat: Gender in the City
WICI cohosted and participated in three online discussions this year with Wikigender, OECD Development Center, and UN Habitat that took place on Facebook, Twitter, and wikigender.org. The topics were the gender dynamics of Africa's structural transformation, gender perspectives for more inclusive urban mobility, and mainstreaming gender in urban governance. You can read a summary of the key messages, action areas, and resources here and tune into the webinar discussion on the urban governance topic.
Kathryn speaking at Habitat III 

The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 

From November 30th - December 2nd Executive Director Kathryn Travers attended the Women's Forum for the Economy  & Society in Deauville, France. Honoured this year were the delegations from Canada and the Philippines, which gave Kathryn the opportunity to meet with and discuss issues crucial to the advancement of equitable urbanism among globally influential women leaders. Since 2005 the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society has been the world's leading platform for women's views and voices on major social and economic issues.
WICI staff and interns meeting outside of our office in Old Montreal!






International Anti Street Harassment Week, April 2016
This year, intern Kate Ellis spearheaded a video project to raise awareness about street harassment in Montreal. Heading to many different neighborhoods in Montreal and speaking with many different people, Kate sparked discussions on what street harassment meant to people and how it affects their lives. Check out the video and an interview CBC did about the project.



 
Dina, Kathryn, and Arianne at inter-University Park(ing) Day.

WICI’s International Influence in the Momentum for Habitat III
Following the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular SDG 11, dedicated to making “cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”), WICI’s role is especially pertinent in making sure the gender perspective is present in the new Sustainable Development Agenda for the years to come. The year 2015-2016 was marked by the preparation for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) that took place October 17th-20th 2016 in Quito (Ecuador), which resulted in the adoption of the New Urban Agenda.


“Women’s and girls’
awareness of her sense of
safety shapes how she
experiences the city, 
curtailing her mobility and
a
ccess to urban
opportunities." 
                           Kathryn Travers,
       Women in Cities International
Partners' Consultation on the UN Guidelines for Safer Cities
From February 2015 - March 2016 WICI contributed to the worldwide and multi-stakeholders Partners’ Consultation towards UN Guidelines on Safer Cities for UN-Habitat. WICI drew on its extensive experience in Safer Cities programming and its network of experts and practitioners in all regions of the world to successfully carry out inclusive and participatory consultations. As such, they also took part in the preparations for Habitat III and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. In a nutshell, participants agreed that the guidelines should be widely disseminated among various actors (government representatives, practitioners, community members etc.) in order to set out the principles for action to create safer cities as part of a strategy to achieve gender equality, sustainable development and social cohesion.
The Canadian Women's delegation at the 2016 Women's Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France.
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