Metropolis Women International Network
Chair and World Secretariat
The mission of the Metropolis Women International Network, introduced in Berlin in 2005, is to create an international exchange and cooperation space for women who hold a political position either by election or appointment and female executives, directors and individuals operating in the local and metropolitan environment.
Its main goals are to improve female representation in local government and decision-making processes with local and metropolitan authorities and to facilitate the dissemination of experiences and good practices related with good governance.
The specific nature of the Network lies in its regional sections which constitute essential links for the dissemination of information and the coordination of activities and initiatives. The different sections are located in Abidjan, Amman, Athens, Bamako, Bangui, Barcelona, Brussels, Dakar, Estado de México, Mashhad, Pune and Seoul. Other regional sections shall be added in line with member interests. The main functions of the sections are to publicize information about the Network, to start up and coordinate activities intended for developing a better understanding of local problems and to get women involved in local and city governments.
The Office of the Presidency, and the Network Secretariat, City of Montreal, shall ensure the application of the 2009-2011 Action Plan, which comprises the following elements:
Development of the Network
The Network Secretariat shall promote the development of the regional sections and support them in organizing their activities and associations to take local peculiarities like language, culture, etc. into account; attract more active women in the cities in their regions, and raise the quota of Network women members.
Organization of international women’s forums
The Network shall host two international forums. Bearing the international calendar and Metropolis’s own commitments in mind, they are scheduled to be held in 2009 and 2011. The forums shall be organized in conjunction with cities, the regional sections and international organizations.
Participation in similar international organizations and events
The Network’s ever-increasing recognition has come about through its representatives’ participation in similarly-themed international events and organizations, such as the 4th World Urban Forum. Its visibility and influence are one way of attracting more members to Metropolis and its related activities.
The Network shall organize training activities in collaboration with the Metropolis International Training Institute and other international organizations. Training sessions shall respond to the specific needs of Network members and the challenges facing women in cities. Depending on the issue concerned, sessions shall be open to both men and women, or shall address women’s requirements specifically. The Network intends to organize two sessions per year and to continue to encourage its members to take part in the general Metropolis training program.
Collaboration with international organizations dedicated to similar or complementary issues (e.g., UN-Habitat, UCLG, etc.) is essential for optimizing resources and making a bigger impact on matters related to women in cities. Cooperation with the UN-Habitat ‘gender’ programs is currently being discussed.
To stimulate discussion on issues related to gender and to encourage networking among women involved in cities, the Metropolis Women International Network has introduced since 2007 an international forum approach and gave it its own Dynamic Cities Need Women ‘‘label’’ and a distinctive ‘‘logo’’.
The label and the logo are the intellectual property of the Metropolis Women International Network and are used for each international forum organized. Their use requires the written permission of the Network.
Antennas meeting of Metropolis Women International Network, Barcelona, 4-5 October 2010
During two days and as a part of Metropolis Board of Directors meeting, the representatives of the regional antennas of Metropolis Women International Network have met in order to discuss and share the actions that have been carried out by each of them as well as the Action Plan for the next two years. The session was open by Carme Figueres, councillor of the Consell Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC) and representative of Barcelona’s antenna. Imma Moraleda, town councillor of Benestar i Cohesió Territorial of the Barcelona City Hall, and Carme Freixa, her chief assistant, explained the social and the time management policies undertaken by the Barcelona City Hall.
Participating cities have submitted their ideas focusing on the following main areas:
Athens: Day Nursery, Immigration
Amman: Economic Activities and Development
Abidjan: Social rehabilitation and care of young girls especially after major disasters
Bamako: Economic Development
Barcelona: Health Security, Health for women; use of time, help for entrepreneur's women and equalty policies.
Dakar: Economic Development
Santiago: Security, Immigration, Women's Health
Seoul: Implementation of “Women Friendly City Project”
In conclusion, it was agreed to propose to the Board of Directors, although awaiting approval by the board of Cairo, the working committee "Health and Safety in Cities” for the next three years.
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2nd International Forum of Dynamic Cities Need Women: Seoul 2009
The 2nd International Forum on “Dynamic Cities Need Women: Visions and Challenges for a Women-Friendly City” was held in Seoul from 21 to 24 October 2009. The Forum included the participation of over 1,000 attendees from 40 cities in 35 different countries. Numerous specialists from international organisations acknowledged the values and difficulties women face in many cities in this century and expressed their support for the initiative to create women-friendly cities. The Forum concluded with the approval of the Declaration of Seoul.
The forum website is www.womenfriendlycity.or.kr
9th World Congress, Sydney
Network General Assembly
The 9th World Congress of Metropolis Connecting Cities took place in Sydney between 22 and 25 October 2008. In this occasion the Metropolis On 22 October 2008, the Metropolis Women International Network held its General Assembly and the forum Connecting Women in Cities.
The highlights of the General Assembly were:
Mrs. Francine Senécal was appointed as President of Network; Montréal will continue to perform the role of coordination; Two new regional antennas-- Brussels and Seoul—were introduced; The Network will organize two major forums in the 2009-2011 period.
On 25 October 2008, the Metropolis General Assembly has decided that the Metropolis Women International Network will have an observatory seat at the Metropolis’ Board of Directors.
Forum: Connecting Women in Cities
The goal of Forum: Connecting Women in Cities was to foster international cooperation and solidarity on urban issues among women at all levels of city leaderships. The forum showcased successful strategies, experiences and projects to provide learning and networking opportunities in the following three major issue areas: Women and Community; Women and the Environment; Women Leadership.
Metropolis Award 2008: District Mothers Neukölln, Berlin
Among the 21 projects submitted, the Metropolis Award 2008 was given to Berlin (District Mothers Neukölln) for its contribution to peaceful co-existence in the city, enhancement of equality of opportunity and the gender perspective.
Training on Gender Mainstreaming in Local Governments
At the request of the UN Habitat, the Metropolis International Institute organized in collaboration with the Metropolis Women International Network the training session Gender Mainstreaming in Local Governments held in the framework of the IV World Urban Forum in Nanjing.
1st International Forum of Dynamic Cities Need Women: Brussels 2007
The first international forum "Dynamic Cities Need Women: Actions and Policies for Gender Equality" which was held in Brussels on December 2007 was a true success. An international conference to focus specifically on the questions of gender equality and the role of women in major urban centers in which different experts, decision-makers, community organizers, etc., from cities on every continent exchanged experiences and know-how relating to the challenges and opportunities facing urban women.
8th World Congress, Berlin
The 2005 Berlin Women’s Congress was held in three stages: an opening ceremony followed by guests speakers, a political round table discussing the role of cities in achieving the Millenium Development Goals, and, finally, the Network General Assembly.