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Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
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The Secretariat for Habitat and Inclusion of the Buenos Aires City Government (SECHI) seeks to foster the transformation and urban and social inclusion of the settlements, transitional housing sites and housing complexes in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, encouraging the community to play a role in the processes to improve the habitat.
The SECHI, from its Directorate General for Inclusion, implements social, educational, sports and cultural programmes, all with a gender perspective, focussed on consolidating social capital in every area in which it works. These programmes are tools that facilitate and promote the community’s active participation in the design, execution and appropriation of each one of the urban measures carried out. As a result, community identity is strengthened and awareness is raised of rights and obligations, thereby guaranteeing the sustainability of measures and care for the environment.
The four programmes being undertaken by the SECHI from the Directorate General for Inclusion are: Women and Habitat, Inclusive Sport, Living Community Culture and Citizenship and Co-existence.
The overarching goal of the Women and Habitat programme is to integrate gender mainstreaming into the design and implementation of projects for territorial transformation, promoting autonomy and civic engagement processes, conducive to women’s personal and family empowerment, as well as their productivity.
Gender mainstreaming in the design and implementation of projects for territorial transformation implies making women’s experience a cornerstone of fundamental urban development in the conception of the city.
Gender mainstreaming implies understanding that the role of women implies a use of the space and the city that differs to its predominant use, which therefore must be tackled from other approaches and from other points of view, which make our city friendlier and safer for women.
The Women and Habitat programme steers its actions according to the guidelines set forth by the Unit for the Coordination of Strategic Plans (COPE), which recommend “promoting women’s participation in urban development and sanitation plans, with an emphasis on the corresponding disadvantaged neighbourhoods and settlements.”
In response to the needs of neighbourhoods where it undertakes its action, the SECHI, through the Women and Habitat Programme, focuses on the prevention of home accidents, environmental awareness-raising, female empowerment meetings (to create and strengthen women’s networks), mapping of everyday life (to ensure the relevance of the works carried out by the SECHI), and “urban acupuncture” to generate better relations with the public space among residents.
Incorporating the gender perspective into sanitation and urban development projects, empowering women as facilitators of the habitat’s physical and social transformation in their respective communities.
1. Strengthening the bonds of trust amongst women, fostering the establishment of networks of collaboration and cooperation aimed at empowering women in the settlements, housing complexes and transitional housing sites in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
2. Promoting women’s capacity-building and awareness-raising to improve the habitat.
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En un mundo en el que las ciudades y los gobiernos locales se han puesto a la vanguardia de la lucha contra el cambio climático, donde los Alcaldes estan empezando a generar canales formales y informales de cooperación para impusar la agenda verde, confiamos que seguiremos juntos trabajando por un desarollo sostenible