Girls and women belong to the societal group that is particularly vulnerable to uneven resource distribution, oppression, and social exclusion. Few cities are designed based on girls’ and young women’s everyday life, and do not correspond to their needs. This vulnerability based on gender increases with factors such as age, socio-economic situation, or disabilities.
Prioritising girls and young women in urban development will be crucial for public places and cities to become more inclusive and sustainable, and can thus be an effective tool against segregation and inequality. How cities and areas are planned is also crucial for people’s quality of life and can in particular increase girls and young women’s opportunities for health, education, work, and safety.
Global Challenge (“Global Utmaning”, in Swedish) started #UrbanGirlsMovement to collect and map global good practices demonstrating how participatory feminist urban development can improve living conditions in society as a whole. This publication aims to inspire, increase knowledge and capacity, provide support in implementation, and show how a new approach to planning and design can be applied in practice.