In truly equitable cities, all citizens would be equal – regardless of their gender, origin, status, ethnicity or religion. But cities weren’t built from a 360-degree perspective. How can we change that and mobilise for equality? Cities across the globe speak about progress and growth, but too often the democratic ideals they claim to stand for and govern by are undercut by the inequalities designed their very fabric – from physical resources to intangible infrastructures in the form of services and community networks. What direction should we be setting for the future development of our cities? What do we need to shift in our planning and governing agendas to make such a future possible? What systemic issues must be addressed to make unheard voices heard? In this session we hear from pioneers who are experimenting with approaches to tackling the root causes of inequity in our cities – from both a governance and community level.
This session is part of a 5-part series run by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt’s ‚RISE Cities‘ programme. RISE Cities explores the leadership required to enable our urban environments to be more resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable (RISE).