“Sense of a City: Inclusive, Safe and Sustainable Plovdiv” is a project by the Bulgarian Fund for Women, implemented as a part of the program Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.
„Sense of a City” offers a model for sustainable development of Plovdiv based on a bottom-up approach, where the citizens – women and men from all social strata, ages
and ethnic groups, are empowered to identify problems and to offer solutions improving the urban environment, while Bulgarian and international artists will demonstrate innovative and effective interventions in the urban environment.
The project is multi-genre and offers
The „Sense of a City” general concept is based on the idea of Plovdiv being a secure and inclusive city, where all people, especially women and young girls, children and vulnerable groups such as the Roma community and the people with disabilities, live a free and secure lives, and the sanctity of the individual is guaranteed by the city environment as a basic human right. „Sense for a City” is based on the understanding that cultural and creative industries (art in particular) can offer ideas on how to improve
The traditional understanding in almost all cultures is that the private sphere is the domain of women, and the public sphere is reserved exclusively for men. Throughout the centuries city planning has been done by men for men. Even today, cities are built and predominantly governed by men often without attention to the needs and voices of women.
The public space is supposed to be a space of freedom, where all its users – all people have the right to feel safe and comfortable in it and are able to own it, use it and shape it according to their needs and understandings. In fact, many women still feel they are “intruders” in their own city, a city whose public space they are unable to claim for themselves.
The enjoyment and use of public space in cities is an indicator of
Public violence can cause women and girls to feel: ashamed of their bodies, gender, race, age, culture, ability, sexual orientation and
Making cities and communities safe for women and girls can expand their full social, economic, cultural and political participation as equal citizens, offering countless possibilities for the participation of women and girls in the areas of work, education, politics, and recreation. This guarantees the consideration of the different needs of other marginalized groups, such as migrants,
A gender mainstreaming approach
Sustainable urban development today is a pledge for the future. The urban population is becoming more diverse and numerous. We need a socially sensitive approach toward urban planning based on the
It recognizes that the city spatially reflects specific social, economic and historical characteristics that are unique
It recognizes that the public spaces in a city are usually designed based on a traditional conception of the family and a traditional division of
It is a useful tool to improve the quality of urban and community life for everyone and to reduce women’s fear and victimization. If women and girls avoid using certain public spaces because they don’t feel safe, other people won’t feel safe either.
Safety planning and design for women and girls
Within this approach, special emphasis is given to violence prevention, community mobilization and participation, women’s empowerment, and the improvement of
Through interdisciplinary approach and gathering a wide range of partners with a rich and established biography in the social, urban and art spheres, an exchange of ideas for sustainable development will be carried out among social workers, architects, urban planners and artists in the field of creative industries and will lead directly to improving the urban environment in a dialogue with citizens having in mind their needs.
Womenability is an international non-governmental organization based in Paris, whose exploratory walks in cities around the world are conducted with the support UN France. Its mission is to work for a fair and balanced urban environment by finding solutions for gender equality in its spatial planning and functioning. By now, Womenability has conducted walks in 25 cities around the world including Malmö, Prague, Zurich, Bombay, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro.
Gender Alternatives Foundation works to promote equality and equal opportunities for all citizens in our society by supporting disadvantaged and/or socially deprived groups and others – victims of discrimination, people who need protection and support for integration and self-realization.
Consultancy Bureau Progress 7 Association aims at providing opportunities for integration of people from risk groups in the society through adequate socio-pedagogical, psychological, legal counseling and mediation activities, and at creating and developing social models and networks for integration and reintegration of groups at risk and socially excluded groups. The Association has a solid background in working with Roma communities and is enjoying the interest and trust of the local citizens.
Luchezar Boyadjiev is one of the most prominent contemporary Bulgarian artists. He is a member of the Institute of Contemporary Art. In the process of his professional work he has participated as an artist, curator, lecturer and author of texts in countries, communities, cities and institutions around the world, including Germany, Austria, France, USA, Great Britain, Turkey, Russia, Singapore, Israel , Korea, Japan, UAE, Australia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Brazil, Armenia, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, etc. He is responsible for the selection of the artists and the curation of the artistic interventions for urban transformation.