Women’s Assembly

Women’s Assembly

Pre Forum – Monday, 14 October 2019
14:30 - 17:30
Function Room 6
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Lead Organization
Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI), UN-Habitat, Huairou Commission & Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC)
Partner Organizer(s)

• Asia Pacific Women Law & Development (APWLD)

• Institut Wanita Berdaya Selangor (IWB)

• Tun Fatimah Hashim Women Leadership Center

Lead Organizer(s)

The rapid pace and nature of urbanization taking place throughout the world has thrown up new challenges for governments, and their populations as well as social scientists and activists. Urban spaces provide new opportunities for people to build their homes and lives, but at the same time reinforce existing inequalities and often create new ones. Gender is a central axis of discrimination along with poverty, disability and other vulnerabilities. The New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in 2016 as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have recognised the importance of understanding as well as building programs that address gender inequities in urbanisation and urban governance. This three hour Women’s Assembly aims to bring together voices of women and women’s groups across Asia and the Pacific who have addressed these concerns through research, grassroots engagement, campaigns, advocacy and programs that will us build gender friendly and gender inclusive cities and urban spaces.

The key aims of the Women’s Assembly include the following: 

• Discuss priority issues and areas for a transformative pathway towards agender responsive sustainable urban development of Asia and Pacific cities. 

• Help cities and local governments explore ways to build up, strengthen and review policies, strategies, and plans for women safety in the city within the context of 2030 sustainable development agenda (especially SDG 11.7, SDG 5 and SDG 16) and New Urban Agenda. 

• Facilitate partnership amongst different partners including NGO’s, academia, governments, private sector and others 

The three-hour session will have speakers and sessions that will focus on the following areas; 

1. Women’s safety and ending all forms 

of sexual violence in the urban sphere - Good programming requires strengthening multi-sectoral and evidence-based approaches and actions to prevent and respond sexual assaults in public spaces. 

2. Safe urban planning and urban 

transport - Urban safety is intrinsically linked to the right to mobility and access to social, economic, political, and cultural opportunities that cities offer. Adequate gender-sensitive and gender inclusive planning in the provision of services and infrastructure enables women and girls to fully enjoy their right to public space, promote gender equality, including equal access to income, education, healthcare, justice, and political participation and influence. 

3. Participation in urban governance 

- Gender friendly cities will not be achieved without the participation of women in local authorities and engendering urban governance. It is therefore important to engage with government stakeholders as partners in building gender inclusive cities and urban spaces.

4. Addressing poverty reduction and 

sustainable livelihoods - Women’s empowerment is possible only where all axes of vulnerabilities are addressed including poverty, displacement and livelihoods.

5. Climate change, resilience and women – We know that women often carry the unequal burden of the effects of climate change, but that they are also key actors in bringing about change and resilient cities.

Provisional Agenda 

2.20 pm Arrival of Participants and Speakers 

Emcee/Moderator - Sri 

2.30 pm Opening Remarks by Emcee/Moderator 

Introduction :-

-Objectives of the Assembly 

-Targeted Outcomes 

Emcee/Moderator- Sri 

2.40 pm Welcome and Opening Address 

Address by YB Lim Siew Khim, Penang State Assemblywoman 

Moderator - PWDC 

Address by H.E Ms Maimunah bt Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat


Address by H.E Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of UN ESCAP 


3.00 pm Panel Discussion 

“Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Transformative Pathway Towards a Sustainable Urban Development of Asia and Pacific Cities”Panelist Panelists:

Moderator- Sri & Kalpana 

• Asia Pacific Women Law & Development (APWLD) 


• The United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC) 


• Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) /Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR)/Huairou Commission


• Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) 

• Tun Fatimah Hashim Women Leadership Centre, UKM 

• Institut Wanita Berdaya Selangor (IWB) 

4.30 pm Q & A Session 

Moderator - Sri & Kalpana 

5.00 pm Closing & Moving Forward 

Moderator - Sri & Kalpana 

5.30 pm End of Session

Objectives of the Session
Introduction of the Topic
Guiding Questions

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