The Women Friendly Cities Challenge: An International Collaboration Online Library of Wise Practices was successfully launched at the 2018 World Urban Forum 9. The WFCC website is a way of sharing Wise Practices from all over the world to help make cities more women friendly and thus better for all. The Women Friendly Cities Challenge is also a call for action to encourage cities around the world to become more women friendly.
The concept for the Women Friendly Cities Challenge (WFCC) Project was first introduced at Habitat III in October 2016 by Women Transforming Cities (WTC) International Society. WTC held a panel discussion called Women Friendly Cities Challenge and international women's organizations were asked to share Wise Practices on how they were making their communities more women friendly. The panel included WTC, Women in Cities International (WICI- Montreal) and the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family (Korea). Huairou Commission moderated the discussion. The discussion generated much enthusiasm and over 100 conference participants supported the idea of creating an international on-line platform to further develop the WFCC concept of sharing Wise Practices.
Based on the discussions generated at WTC panel from the Habitat III conference, WTC came up with the idea for the WFCC website, created the design and content and launched the Women Friendly Cities Challenge: An international collaborative library of Wise Practices website at the World Urban Forum (WUF) 9 in Malaysia 2018. WTC Board members Joy Masuhara, Celene Fung and Ellen Woodsworth hosted a panel session and presented the WFCC website. WTC invited guest panelists Huairou Commission, Seoul Foundation of Women and Families, Col·lectiu Punt 6, and Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) to share and submit their Wise Practices on the WFCC website to showcase how the WFCC on-line library can be used to collaborate and share knowledge. The launch of the WFCC website was well received by the session's attendees. WTC continues to develop WFCC international partnerships and to build the Wise Practices library.
The Vision of the Women Friendly Cities Challenge is to become a living virtual library where we can share knowledge, inspire innovative practices and new ways of working together to address the complexities of the 21st Century. The Women Friendly Cities Challenge is also a call for action to encourage cities around the world to become more women friendly. Goals will be based on internationally agreed upon documents where available, such as the UN Habitat outcome document, the New Urban Agenda, and the 2015 Sustainable
Development Goals. Under each goal, there would be a collection of gendered intersectional wise practices including strategies, measurement and monitoring tools, references and resources as well as document insights and lessons learned. Where possible, disaggregated data will be featured.
The Women Friendly Cities Challenge will allow for wide multi sector and grassroots international participation and would also be used for networking and partnership development. It can also be used as an evaluation tool for cities. The Women Friendly Cities Challenge will help cities around the world become more inclusive and resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges they face now and in the future.