Background on the Women Friendly Cities Challenge Project



The concept for the Women Friendly Cities Challenge (WFCC) Project was first introduced at Habitat III in October 2016 by Women Transforming Cities (WTC) International Society. WTC held a panel discussion called Women Friendly Cities Challenge and international women's organizations were asked to share Wise Practices on how they were making their communities more women friendly.


The panel included WTC, Women in Cities International (WICI- Montreal) and the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family (Korea). Huairou Commission moderated the discussion. The discussion generated much enthusiasm and over 100 conference participants supported the idea of creating an international on-line platform to further develop the WFCC concept of sharing Wise Practices.  WTC and the panel agreed on the basic categories to be used in developing the on-line platform. 

Based on the discussions generated at WTC panel from the Habitat III conference, in 2017, WTC came up with the idea for the WFCC website, created the design and content and further expanded the initial basic categories to include the final 16 categories concepts.


WTC launched the Women Friendly Cities Challenge: An international collaborative library of Wise Practices website at the World Urban Forum (WUF) 9 in Malaysia 2018.  WTC Board members Joy Masuhara, Celene Fung and Ellen Woodsworth hosted a panel session and presented the WFCC website.  WTC invited guest panelists Huairou Commission, Seoul Foundation of Women and Families, Col·lectiu Punt 6, and Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) to share and submit their Wise Practices on the WFCC website to showcase how the WFCC on-line library can be used to collaborate and share knowledge. The launch of the WFCC website was well received by the session's attendees. WTC continues to develop WFCC international partnerships and to build the Wise Practices library. 




The Vision of the Women Friendly Cities Challenge is to become a living virtual library where organizations can share knowledge, inspire innovative practices and create new ways of working together to address the complexities of the 21st century. The Women Friendly Cities Challenge is also a call for action to encourage cities around the world to become more women friendly. 



The Women Friendly Cities Challenge will allow for wide, multi-sector and grassroots international participation and will also be used for networking and partnership development, as well as an evaluation tool for cities. Additionally, the WFCC will help cities around the world become more inclusive and resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges they face now and into the future. 


Guiding Principles

  • Goals will be based on internationally agreed upon documents where available, such as the UN Habitat outcome document, the New Urban Agenda, and the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Where possible, wise practices, tools and data will use an intersectional lens

  • Where possible, disaggregated and evidence based data will be collected as well as document insights

  • The Women Friendly Cities Challenge will be used as an international networking tool to share information 

  • The online library will be open access and without use restrictions, but will have a structure that oversees what and how information is uploaded

  • The online platform will be a "living library" so that users can collect and extract information that best serves their needs

  • The website will be collaboratively developed and engage all sectors, including government, civil society, NGOs and grassroots organizations, academia, and the private sector

Initial Project Contributors

Women Transforming Cities International Society

WTC's Vision is to live in cities where all self-identified women and girls, in all their diversity, have real social, economic and political power.

Huairou Commission

A global coalition empowering grassroots women leaders in development and policy-making around the world.

Seoul Foundation of Women & Family

Seoul Foundation of Women & Family is an empowering partner for equal society building through women & family policy, development and practice.

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Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

ARROW strives to enable women to be equal citizens in all aspects of their life by ensuring their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved.

Women In Cities International

Women in Cities International’s vision is one where there is a meaningful participation of a full diversity of women and girls in creating inclusive and equitable cities and communities.

Col·lectiu Punt 6

At Col·lectiu Punt 6 (Collective Point 6), we are a cooperative of architects, sociologists and urban planners of different origins with more than 10 years of local, national and international experience.

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