Women Transforming Cities Participation at UN Habitat III

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StartFragmentWomen Transforming Cities International Society sent a delegation of four Board members to the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. As part of the Canadian delegation we joined over 35,000 other delegates from around the world.EndFragment

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We had been part of an international coalition of women working to engender the “New Urban Agenda” which was the final outcome document of UN Habitat III, and is now the blueprint on urbanism for the next twenty years. We spent the last year and a half trying to show how using an intersectional lens with disaggregated data on policies, programmes, budgets, funding, staffing and governance was critical to the entire document. This included Ellen Woodsworth, chair, speaking on a panel about social cohesion, and presenting on behalf of the international coalition at the final plenary session, at the Habitat III EU/North American Regional Pre Conference in Prague, earlier in the year.

We went to Quito to share our learnings from over 30 neighbourhood dialogue “Cafes” some of which were part of the Urban Thinkers Campus, a component of the Habitat sponsored World Urban Campaign (WUC). We also shared with the international community, “Advancing Equity and Inclusion: a Guide for Municipalities” a publication which we partnered on, and which we submitted to the World Urban Campaign of UN Habitat as a “New Urban Solution”. This was the only submission accepted from Canada. We also took our work on the “Queer Declaration” to YoutHab and other venues. We would like to thank the many people who shared their recommendations at our Cafes, online and at meetings.

Here are some details of our activities at the UN Habitat III conference in Quito:

Our official delegate to the three day Huairou

Commission Grassroots Women’s Academy held in the week before the conference was Christine O’Fallon. She presented on a panel articulating some of the priorities of women and girls from North America. The Academy travelled to Ayora, Cayambe; met with indigenous women leaders; toured small-holding rural and urban organic farming operations; learned about challenges and solutions experienced by women and their networks in the region; affirmed the value of cooperative, collective action. As well Christine spoke on an Ecuadorean press conference panel, along with the (first indigenous) Mayor of Ayora, and international grassroots women leaders. She worked on a comprehensive grassroots women leaders’ response to the New Urban Agenda and crafted concrete implementation recommendations which were presented in detail at the UN Habitat Women’s Assembly.

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StartFragmentThe three day YoutHabitat conference was also held just before the main UN Habitat conference. Ellen Woodsworth and Joy Masuhara spoke on the YoutHab panel on LGBTI rights and the Queer Declaration, a document crafted collaboratively by LGBTI organizations in Vancouver, Canada and were joined by theVancouver Qmunity Youth Outreach worker Cicely-Belle Bain, as well as a local Ecuadorean queer youth activist Danilo Manzano. We were able to give Dr. Joan Clos (Executive Director of UN Habitat III) the Queer Declaration and ask for his support.EndFragment

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StartFragmentWe also worked with the Canadian government to set up a panel for the main conference, discussing how to include LGBTI issues in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda despite no specific wording. The panel speakers were Jean Duclos head of the Canadian delegation and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Julian Castro US Secretary of Housing, a minister from Mexico, the Mayor of Oakland, California and two LGBTI activists from Quito. See Change.org Queer DeclarationEndFragment

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StartFragmentAt the main conference members of the Board spoke on a number of panels such as the World Urban Campaign Urban Thinkers Campuses “Where to Go from Here”. WTC launched the Women Friendly Cities Challenge with Seoul Foundation of Women and Family and Women in Cities International (WICI), moderated by the Huairou Commission. This initiative was very well received by an over-capacity crowd of over 100. There is excellent momentum and support to move the Challenge forward.EndFragment

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StartFragmentThere were actually three conferences: the official UN Habitat III conference, the Alternative Conference and t