Nairobi, 8 November 2021 – UN-Habitat today launched the international call for women-led submission of the “Collection of Ingenious Women’s Initiatives for Sustainable Urban Development”.

“Women’s participation and leadership in architecture and urban planning facilitates the mainstreaming of gender equality in the design and development of built environments,” said Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN‐Habitat. “By featuring stories of ingenious women and women-led initiatives across our platforms, we will build knowledge-sharing networks across borders.”

Submissions are accepted through the Collection’s UN-Habitat web page and the winning entry will be awarded the Prize for Ingenuity at the next International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022.

In addition to being women-led, submitted initiatives should directly contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable", and should consider a number of themes including environmental sustainability, social inclusion, innovation, accessibility and technology.

The launch coincides with Urban & Rural Development Week at Expo 2020 Dubai which explores innovative urban solutions through a series of discussions, activities, and events. The initiative is a collaboration between UN-Habitat, the Australia Pavilion at the Expo 2020, Griffith University and Bond University.

“The contributions made by women to the design and implementation of socially and environmentally sustainable urban and architectural development around the world will inspire the next generation of citizens, architects, and urban planners to help shape their environments for a sustainable future,” said the UN-Habitat Executive Director.


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