Enhanced Right to the City for All Regional Project
November 20, 2018 – UN Women Kosovo, UN Women Skopje and UN-Habitat Kosovo held the closing event of the Enhanced Right to the City for All regional project, which, over the past year, has built on partnerships with local governments, universities, law enforcement bodies and pivotal civil society and women’s rights groups to reduce gender inequalities in access to public space and make safer and more inclusive public space both in Pristina and in Skopje.
The event highlighted the successes and lessons learnt from the project, with activities in Kosovo and FYR Macedonia, and the overall picture of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 and 11 on gender equality and sustainable cities and communities. Additionally, panelists discussed current efforts in policy development and in the strengthening of institutional capacities to align with the SDG framework and achieve sustainable and inclusive urban development in the region.
Speakers from Kosovo, FYR Macedonia and Albania discussed the gendered aspects of public space, particularly in Skopje and Pristina, and how they have changed over time. Participants also heard about how local and central governments have been working to implement the SDGs on a local level and what challenges remain for the future.
The project, which was supported in part by UN-Habitat (Block by Block) and UN Women, successfully worked to strengthen participatory decision-making and improve urban safety, especially for girls and women.