Women’s Assembly

Hall 4, Room B

The Women’s Assembly at the Tenth World Urban Forum (WUF10) is a key meeting point for groups working to build sustainable, gender-responsive and inclusive cities. The Assembly will serve as a space to share and report on the role women play in culture and innovation in “Cities of Opportunities” and build on the last Women’s Assembly at the Ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) focused on “Cities for all”.

UN-Habitat recognizes that innovation is key to developing solutions for accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In line with WUF10’s theme on “Connecting Culture and Innovation”, the Women’s Assembly will thus focus on ways of integrating gender perspectives in innovation processes. 

Promoting participation, dialogue and engagement, the Assembly will include trainings, plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and bring together specialists on gender equality and innovation in sustainable urban development from different geographical and professional backgrounds, including local and national government, academia, civil society, private sector, etc. to showcase diverse perspectives and results and encourage the formation of partnerships and communities of practice.

The Assembly will conclude with the consolidation and distribution of participants’ recommendations, commitments, tools, methodologies and best practices to ensure innovative ideas and practices can be replicated, adapted and scaled-up. The outcome document will be widely shared among both WUF10 participants as well as partners and will feed into the WUF10 Declaration. The outcome document will also inform UN-Habitat’s own work on innovation – which is set out in the Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023 as a key organizational performance enabler. Following the conclusion of WUF10, UN-Habitat will play a facilitating role in connecting interested practitioners.

  • Showcase impactful gender-responsive innovations;
  • Assess the main outcomes and impact of gendered perspectives on innovation in cities;
  • Analyze ways forward in planning gender-responsive cities, including through identifying partnership opportunities, sharing experiences and lessons learned to enable participants and stakeholders to adapt and scale up best practices;
  • Identify potential barriers to the effective engagement of women in culture and innovation, share successful case studies to address these and discuss advocacy strategies;
  • Create and sustain a knowledge-sharing platform for partners and stakeholders to showcase their work in gender-responsive innovation;
  • Inform UN-Habitats work on innovation to ensure a gender-responsive approach.
Guiding Questions
  1. What is the impact / what are the results of your programme/project/innovation etc?
  2. What measures were taken to ensure broad ownership and/or participation of women and girls in your programme/project/innovation?
  3. What were some of the key hurdles/challenges and how were these overcome?
  4. What is the role of the private sector / local authorities/city representatives in providing opportunities to women and girls to participate in innovation and culture in the urban context? 
  5. What is the future of gender-responsive innovation? Any emerging trends and how to capitalize on these?
  6. How did you mobilize the resources for this programme/project?
  7. Based on your experience, what do you think are the priority areas all of us should work on in the next ten years (Agenda 2030 decade of action) to achieve the SDGs?

Session Speakers