WOMEN / GIRLS IN THE URBAN SPACE (SUSTAINABLE CITIES)
Women and the city
The continuous rapid rate of urbanisation in developing countries we are currently experiencing is changing the social fabric in fundamental ways, from the organisation of work to the social interactions, including opportunities, or lack thereof, for advancing gender equality and women empowerment.
On one side, women are generally harder affected by living in inadequate housing and in conditions of poor delivery of basic municipal services. On the other, women may also constitute a core vector for positive changes, constituting an essential element for moving towards sustainable urban development. Under this perspective, it is needed to better understand gender dynamics and gender impacts of rapid urbanisation, rural-urban migration, international migration and slum growth to both counter inequalities and to harness gender as an active force for sustainable urbanisation.