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Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

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  • Asian Development Bank


Future Cities, Future Women Initiative (FCFWI) is an initiative project funded by Asian Development Bank as a part of its larger technical assistance “Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment”. Future Cities, Future Women Initiative (FCFWI) aims to identify and support key triggers that would accelerate women’s participation in urban governance and enhance their productivity. The intention of this assignment in Bandung under FCFWI is to investigate options for improving gender sensitivity in urban planning using a geospatial-based planning support tool, Ur-scape. Ur-scape consists of software and data collection protocols. It has been developed over a period of three years by the Urban-Rural Systems research group at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) at the Singapore-ETH Centre. Further functionalities were developed for Ur-scape in the context of the Bandung Smart Systems project (under the ADB TA9025 REG: Establishing the Future Cities Program in the Asia and Pacific Region). Subsequently, field trials were undertaken with user groups in Bandung and three other cities in Indonesia. This ongoing co-design work being carried out by Future Cities Laboratory involves software development, training and feedback loops around specific use cases. The software can be a valuable tool in urban planning and targeting of resources to meet priority needs around the city. Specifically, for the gender-sensitive urban planning project, the city appointed DP3APM (Office of Women's Empowerment, Child Protection and Community Empowerment in Bandung City) as the leading sector. Together with Bappelitbang (Planning, Research and Development Agency), DP3APM works with Future Cities Laboratory to organize meetings and trainings in order to improve the literacy of Ur-scape, particularly in the use of Ur-scape to visualize gender related data as an approach towards more gender sensitive planning in the city. Based on our research, we identified four dimensions of gender mainstreaming in urban planning: Mobility - Accessibility - Participation - Safety and Security; or MAPS, to make the aspects more accessible and understandable for the city government. We employed the MAPS dimensions to introduce gender mainstreaming in urban planning and guide our engagements with the city government in Bandung.

The engagement in Bandung City is supported by Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) to examine and inventory gender-disaggregated data by collecting a list of potential data that is relevant to gender-sensitive urban planning and exploring data from commercial data owners (has discussed possible data sharing and uses cases with several companies such as Go-Jek and Qlue). Our team also prepared a gender scenario development workshop and Ur-scape training. The gender scenario development workshop focused on gender issues in relation to poverty, as a continuation of the previous Ur-scape project on poverty data visualization. Participating city departments were expected to share their perspectives on the intersection of gender and poverty to encourage further dialogue on more cross-cutting programs during the workshop. In the workshop, we introduced 4 case studies (MAPS) to trigger dialogues among various city departments about the provisions of city infrastructures and services that are gender-sensitive in different settings. The cases were drawn from real cases that were highlighted by the representatives of civil society organization during the previous meetings in September. Ur-scape training focused on the module of Ur-scape: Operations and Data Import. The engagement with RDI potentially exhibits a model of collaboration with a local partner for Ur-scape future development and training in Bandung City.

Last updated 28 June 2020

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