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The City of Vienna Women’s Department (MA57) and the Women´s Committee of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns invited to the FemCities Conference 2019

Our goal this time was the exchange of concrete best practices with regard to gender equality both in administration and management as well as projects from NGOS for vulnerable groups of women

Cities as driving forces behind gender equality. Exchanging Best Practices.

24th of September, Rooftop Conference Hall Urania, Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna

In 2019 gender equality is still not self-evident.

Outdated concepts of femininity and masculinity, stereotypical roles of women and men as well as financial cuts for feminist projects work against it. In times where the promotion of women is questioned and the whole of Europe is feeling a backlash against the achievements of the women’s movement, it is time to support each other.

With projects working towards gender equality as well as gender mainstreaming we combat these developments.
We want to learn from each other and maybe implement similar ideas.
We want to work together for a more equal Europe.

Best practices will be introduced in small presentations as well as being visible in a project gallery where interested parties might directly exchange information regarding certain projects.

After the welcome words from local councillor Nicole Berger-Krotsch, who mentioned the importance of local politics for the support of women, secretary general of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns Thomas Weninger, Head of Gender Mainstreaming Ursula Bauer and FemCities Coordinator Ricarda Goetz gave a short introduction, stressing the fact that networks like FemCities are important for working towards a more equal Europe.

Stefanie Wöhl, Professor of Political Science, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna European Economy and Business Management presented the Keynote "Gender Equality in EU Policy Making" with focussing on the shift from legally binding directives in the European

The Keynote was followed by five presentations of best practices in management and administration:

  • Gender Budgeting, City of Vienna – Nadine Unger
  • City/Municipality of Equality, City of Belgrade – Sanja Stankovic
  • Gender Equality Action Plan, City of Graz – Priska Pschaid
  • Women Culture Council (FrauenKulturRat), City of Mannheim – Zahra Deilami
  • Fair Shared City, City of Prague – Milota Siderova

 Project Gallery Walk

  • E-Learning 5 Gender Mainstreaming Principles
  • The network for Gender Equality
  • Gender sensitive city planning
  • Comic-campaign against daily Sexism

Three projects from the civil society were presented:

  • Bulgarian fund for Women – Gergana Kutseva
  • Femspace: Interactive and Mentorship based Female Empowerment in Entrepreneurship – Erzsebet Tóth
  • ABZ Austria: Competence Check for migrant women – Manuela Vollmann

 Project Gallery Walk

  • Gallery of Austrian Pioneer Women
  • Freecard Campaign #wasgeht
  • Girl Empowerment Workshops
  • Vienna Daughters Day