Her City regional trainings 

The purpose of the Her City regional training and information meetings is to share the approach, the methodology and the digital tools. The training will provide a clear guidance on how to implement inclusive and sustainable cities together with girls. 

The target audience are national, regional and local governments, urban professionals, decision makers, academia and grassroot organizations who want to promote and facilitate participatory planning processes for inclusive public spaces. The training is also open to active girls and young women who are interested in learning about the Her City methodology and their important role in planning processes. 

The 4-hour training is divided into three main sections: First, a quick introduction about Her City toolbox with a general overview of the process, the different blocks and the role of women and girls in current urban planning practices. Second, in depth knowledge about the different activities and the steps in the toolbox. This section requires high interactions and working in teams. Participants will register and get the chance to test some of the digital tools. Finally, an open discussion will allow participants to raise questions, clarify technical aspects and suggest improvements to the toolbox but also trigger ways that it can be used within planned and ongoing projects in the participants’ organisations. 

The training could be hosted entirely virtually or in person, depending on the current COVID-19 restrictions in place. In case of in person modality, the location of the workshop should allow enough physical distancing with the participants and should be equipped with a projector. 

Requirements: The participants should be equipped with a laptop or a smartphone (preference both), to be used during the interactive workshop sessions. 

Focus: The participants are expected to fill out a brief survey before and after the training to identify specific regional focus and adapt to the given geographical and urban context. Compile this questionnaire and we will do our best to tailor the session considering your needs.


        Training schedule

        The Her City team proposes a series of regional trainings to urban actors to present the toolbox in detail, explore the various functionalities, and imagining how to put it into practice in different geographical locations and urban contexts. Sign up for one of the upcoming trainings in your region (these dates or times might be subject to changes):

          Training agenda

          Opening remarks (10 min)
          Objective of the workshop and agenda 

          Her City introduction (20 min)

          • Partners and objective (5 min)
          • Global statistics, girls participation, challenges and opportunities (5 min)
          • Her City tutorial (5 min)
          • Registration in the digital platform (5 min)

          Phase 1 Assessment (20 min)

          • Intro of blocks, activities and steps (15 min)
          • Case study: Video example on assessments (5 min)

          Phase 2 Design (20 min)

            • Intro of blocks, activities and steps (15 min)
            • Case study: Video example on assessments (5 min)

          Phase 3 Implementation (20 min)

            • Intro of blocks, activities and steps (15 min)
            • Case study: Video example on assessments (5 min)

          Raise questions, clarify technical aspects suggest improvements and express needs of support going forward

          Break (10 min)

          Interactive session (60 min)
          Interactive session in break-out rooms where participants will test the tools on real city cases.

          Discussion (30 min)
          Each group summarises their workshop results and discusses a potential real Her City project (2 min per group)

          Closing remarks (10 min) 
          Next steps and workshop evaluation questionnaire

          About Her City

          Involving girls in urban development will make the city better for everyone. Participatory processes are key for planning a city that works for everyone. If we let citizens that are rarely heard be the experts, our cities and communities will become more inclusive, equal and sustainable. 

          There is a lack of experience in participatory urban planning and design, particularly when it comes to involving vulnerable groups in urban development processes. Even if inclusive participatory processes are essential for sustainable urbanisation, vulnerable groups are rarely included. Research has shown that participatory urban development with local girls and young women, community leaders, organisations, as well as decision-makers on local, regional and national level, creates opportunities for more inclusive, equal and sustainable urban development. 

          Her City is a joint urban development initiative by UN-Habitat (the United Nations Human Settlements Programme) and the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge). It is financed by the Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova) with contributions from a range of partners such as the Block by Block Foundation (Mojang/Minecraft), White Architects, Swedish Union of Tenants, and MethodKit. 

          The purpose of Her City is to make methods and tools available to urban actors and cities globally. We support cities to scale up and mainstream girls’ participation as a part of their long-term strategies to build sustainable cities and societies. The digital toolbox guides urban actors to implement projects through a step-by-step methodology that facilitates the ongoing dialogue between professionals and citizens. 

          Her City’s ambition is to contribute to a range of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG3 on health and well-being, SDG5 on gender equality, SDG10 on reducing inequality, SDG11 on sustainable cities and communities, SDG16 on peace, justice and strong institutions and SDG17 on partnerships. However, previous projects have shown that the approach contributes to implementing other SDGs at the local level. A Her City project is expected to contribute to particularly the following SDG targets: 

          SDG11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries 
          11.7: By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
          11.7.1: Average share of the built-up area of cities that is open space for public use for all, by sex, age, and persons with disabilities
          11.7.2: Proportion of person victim of physical or sexual harassment, by sex, age, disability status and place of occurrence, in the previous 12 months 

          SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
          5.B Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
          5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life 

          The process
          Together with experts and stakeholders in urban development, we have created a digital toolbox following a cost-efficient process that can be incorporated within cities and communities normal processes and thus improve participation.

          The toolbox follows a process containing 9 building blocks as a digital guideline on how to co-plan and optimise cities from a girl’s perspective. The 9 blocks align with the three phases of the urban development process and will guide cities through the assessment phase, the design phase and the implementation phase. 

          Each block leads you through a number of activities with detailed steps to follow in order to deliver on your Her City project. Each step contains digital tools such as checklists, calendars, agendas, manuals, forms, boards, apps, templates, surveys and visualisation services that will help you on the way to reach the expected results. 

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