This week, planners, policymakers and urban practitioners from across the world are gathering in Kuala Lumpur for World Urban Forum 9. This story is part of Next City’s coverage of the Forum. For more stories, visit our World Urban Forum 9 page here.
Each day during World Urban Forum 9, Next City is inviting attendees to visit the World Stage for conversations about the principles enshrined in the New Urban Agenda. On Saturday, Feb. 10, our speakers talked about community-driven art and creating cities that are safe for women. Plus, four U.S. mayors and civic leaders joined us in the Mayor’s Corner.
Gallery: World Urban Forum 9, Day Four: U.S. Mayors and Empowering Women
Jane Anyango, founder and director of the Polycom Development Project, and Elsa Marie D'Silva, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Foundation, talk about addressing sexual violence in cities as a development challenge. "There’s a lot of sexual harassment in Kibera, [Nairobi], and at times, because of their financial status, girls end up accepting these people taking advantage of them because they have no option and they also have no one to share with when they’re being harassed," said Anyango.
Ruxanda Renita, cofounder of the Urban Catalyst Lab, discussed community-driven art as a tool for promoting community ownership of sustainability and urban development dialogues.
Mayors and civic leaders from four U.S. cities explained the challenges they confront on a daily basis. From left, Tom Dallessio, publisher and CEO of Next City; Marita Garrett, mayor of Wilkinsburg, Penn.; James Diossa, mayor of Central Falls, R.I.; Christopher Cabaldon, mayor of West Sacramento, Calif.; and Andrew Rodriguez, city councilor of Walnut, Calif.
Luis Bettencourt, Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, shares the stage with Anni Beukes, in charge of data initiatives and community organization at Slum Dwellers International.