How to Install Children Playground in Minsk? Nadzeya Tsaranok

How to Install Children Playground in Minsk? Nadzeya Tsaranok

,,We have realized it was our fail and that we had to seal ourselves with protection from authorities. We went to the Chief Architect of Minsk. He endorsed us and eventually designated the project to some of his assistants, but it took almost four months until we got an official permission to make survey, organize participatory events and finally invest our own funds into installment of the playground.’’

Our Society Is Not At Its Best: We Must Engage. Lara Köck

Our Society Is Not At Its Best: We Must Engage. Lara Köck

‘‘A considerable problem in Styria is rural depopulation – especially, a lot of young women moving from the countryside into the city. The reasons for this are often complex; they range from jobs, education and cultural offers to childcare. Leaders in shrinking communities are often puzzled by this depopulation as they have no awareness of the realities of life for young women – how should they be able to represent these women politically? Therefore, it is even more important that women must get active themselves and start to co-create their home towns. We women must bring attention to what many male politicians do not see.’’

More Women in Politics. Ksenija Radovanović

More Women in Politics. Ksenija Radovanović

“Gender equality must manifest itself through the absolute equal participation of both men and women in political life, not just a number on a piece of paper.“

Ksenija Radovanovic, architect, activist Belgrade on Water, candidate for local election in Belgrade 2018, Belgrade, Serbia

Female Body Display x Public Space. Nora Noor

Female Body Display x Public Space. Nora Noor

,,We have a law that allows for a citizen to complain to a community council if they see something that they consider vulgar, improper or sexualized in outdoor advertising. If agreed, the advertising can then be taken down. A group like Chienne de Garde do amazing things – for example once they find such spot, they get keys to advertising stands and they just take it down during the night. They literally hack public furniture.’’

Where the Streets are Named after Women. Etuna Nogaideli

Where the Streets are Named after Women. Etuna Nogaideli

,,Bringing this project to the end was a very political act in its truest sense. I have attended several meetings of different committees at the City Hall; I have listened to insulting comments from different members. Some claimed it was a violation of their rights that we obliged them to read biographies of women that they were not interested in. The other comment was that we were supporting further distortion of the city with unnecessary construction. However, along the way, I have also been supported by a number of people; feminists who worked either in the City Council and / or the City Hall, but also ordinary employees and our partners.''

Without politics I wouldn’t know who I am. Helene Henriksen Knudsen

Without politics I wouldn’t know who I am. Helene Henriksen Knudsen

,,Later on, men extracted me, coming and asking me how I was doing, whether it wasn’t too much on me and so on. At some point I got tired of being told that I was tired. I started answering them. I wasn’t tired; on the contrary, I was filled with energy.''

Woman’s Rights to the City. Amman in Context. Myriam Ababsa

Woman’s Rights to the City. Amman in Context. Myriam Ababsa

Male guardianship (qawama) of female family members is not only a tradition but is inscribed in the law. According to the Jordanian Personal Status Law (no. 36, 2010) a male blood relative (wa ̄li) has the right to have guardianship of women. If woman is unmarried, under age of 30 or previously married, she must have male guardian. Upon marriage a woman is transferred from her father’s custody to her husband's. In Jordan woman's rights to housing are connected to her status as a wife or a daughter. If the father dies the brothers have the right to sell the house in which the mother and sister(s) are living. Consequently, the fate of a woman depends on the quality of the relationships she haa with male members of their family. In the case of divorce, a woman only has the right to housing if she is nursing or has been granted custody of the children.

We Should be Planning Places for People with People. Elena Madison

We Should be Planning Places for People with People. Elena Madison

''Placemaking is so concrete. You are talking about a very specific thing - a very specific place, which is a good way of starting dialogue and getting groups that may be in conflict on other issues to cooperate and at least to hear each other out. Some of the lessons from conflict zones apply to places that are under a lot of pressure from gentrification, because in essence gentrification is conflictual.''