Colloque international ‘’Ville Inclusive et Sûre Sensible au genre‘’

International conference

“Rabat, an inclusive and safe city sensitive to gender”

17th Ferbruary 2020 in rabat, Morocco

As a part of the project « Rabat, ville sûre et sans violence pour les femmes et les filles » or « Rabat, a safe and violence-free city for women and girls », a seminar on « An inclusive and safe city sensitive to gender” will be organized on Monday, February 17th 2020. This project is designed in close collaboration between the association Jossour Forum for Moroccan Women, ONU Femmes, The Regional Commission for Humans Rights Rabat Salé Kénitra and the National Institute of Planning and Urban Plan-ning.

Context of the seminar:

Today it’s difficult to ignore the relationship between urban space and the degree of access to rights and liberties. It cannot be denied that this relationship becomes clearer and more apparent if we consider it from a gender perspective.

In fact, the concept of the public order constitutes the public authority ensuring and guaranteeing public health, peace and safety for all without discrimination. If these powers are exercised by public authorities in the city, in particular, the city is not experienced in the same way by everyone (children, immigrants, the elderly, the disabled, women, girls, etc.), whe-reas the city should, in principle, be accessible to all in a manner adapted to the needs of each category of the population to guarantee that their needs are met and their right to citizenship preserved.

Based on the objective reality of Moroccan cities and manifestations of aggression and violence, a feeling of security is required and must be ensured in cities especially for women and girls. In situations where there is a feeling of insecurity, this results in a reduction of capacity for mobi-lity and participation.

This aspect of inequality thus extends to all areas of action and rights (economic, social and political participation).  

The project “Rabat, a safe and violence-free city for women and girls” formed the base that framed this meeting organized on “Inclusive and safe city sensitive to gender”., which was initially between the associa-tion Jossour FFM and UN Women, but is now entering a new chapter after the Regional Commission for Human Rights became a partner.

This project aims to make the city of Rabat an inclusive city respectful of women and girls within the public space. It’s also important to develop Rabat so that is becomes an example at the national and regional levels in the field of gender-inclusive cities.

The city is not a physical field which is constructed and renovated on the basis of engineering, technical and financial considerations alone. It’s rather a very heterogeneous social, psychological, cultural and qualitative space. Any approach that only takes into account technical and financial considerations is a step toward erasing all gender-related specifics and is therefore an annoyance for the residents of the city.

To overcome this interdependent and complex situation, the right to the city must be rebuilt based on gender. When we talk about the right to the city, we mean the right to access to infrastructure, the right to quality of life and the right to public services without discrimination.

Our country has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, and the-refore these goals should find resonance at the territorial level and at the practical level, since it’s a commitment that includes all levels of public decision. Among these goals is the eleventh goal which states that “by 2030, ensure access for all, in particular women and children, the elderly and people with disabilities, to safe green and public spaces”.

To achieve the above objectives, the impact of climate change on public health and the health of vulnerable people, in particular women and child-ren, needs to be addressed.

The preceding considerations justify the organization of this symposium, and it is the absence of the question of gender in territorial policies and programs which shows that work must begin here and now, to overcome the low participation of women in public decision-making, ensuring that the needs and expectations of women and girls are taken into considera-tion, and ensuring the actual verification of the mixture with its true and living meaning.

To achieve our goal, all efforts must be focused on the following objec-tives:

  • Raising awareness among the various decision-makers in the city and all categories of society on the importance of integrating women’s rights into city and urban policies in order to improve the quality of the living environment and ensure coexistence.
  • Share the experience of the project “Rabat, safe city without violence for women and girls”, and the different results, obtaining feedback
  • Expose the results of the workshops of engineering and architecture students.
  • Discuss and evaluate the current situation of inclusivity in Rabat.
  • Learn about the current projects in terms of gender-inclusivity
  • Learn about the gender inclusiveness strategy for the public and the private sectors
  • Take inspiration from model cities “success stories”
  • Retain the “good practices” of the “success stories”
  • Define the projects to be carried out in the city of Rabat;
  • Take the recommendations of the different players from participants.

The talks at this conference will focus on

  • The concept of the inclusive city;
  • The inclusive city experience.

Presentation of the seminar:

The seminar will be a space for exchange and debate between the dif-ferent actors in the city, it will be an opportunity to raise awareness and to build capacities on the different decision-makers, with the aim of inclu-ding women.

Number of guests : 100 personnes

  • Minister of Spatial Planning, Town Planning, Housing and Town Policy
  • The President of UN Women
  • Regional Order of Architects
  • Rabat Urban Agency
  • The Major of Rabat
  • Academic specialist in the subject.
  • Director of City Policy
  • Representative of Rabat Planning
  • President of the Rabat Salé Kénitra Region

Programme - version EN

Programme - version FR