Talks and Poster Presentations (without Proceedings-Entry):

P. Hirschler, G. Witthöft:
"Gender Planning and Spatial Planning Tools in Austria";
Talk: Engendering Cities, Rom (invited); 09-25-2014 - 09-26-2014.

English abstract:
The integration of Austriaīs spatial policies into the European Unionīs Structural Funds policy supported an increasingly strong orientation towards cooperation and strategic concepts. The monitoring and evaluation of spatial policy interventions gained importance as well as the number of involved actors grew significantly. Women have always played an important role in development processes and planning. To maximize human resources in maintaining the social fabric of rural communities and revitalizing local economies, the full involvement of women is vital. In some regions of Europe, economic recession and cutbacks in public services have led to further rural decline, remoteness and poor infrastructure. The following important aspects of spatial development and planning on the example of Austria will be discussed:
. Historical background and perspectives of womenīs liberation movement and its relation to planning theory and practice
. Impacts of gender inequalities in Austrian society as well as day-to-day gender-stereotype assumptions on planning theory and practice
. Representation of planning concerning gender aspects and dimensions
. Gender scripts within planning research and development processes
. Gender impacts of the Legal background Austrian and European level on planning theory and practice
Still to less consideration is given to the tiny changes which can hugely increase the contribution which gender issues in planning can make to regional competitiveness, growth and quality of life. Perhaps the idea of a gender-centred planning is scary, and challenges the accepted order where there are often a minority of women in positions of importance. But the point is that it is not just about tackling inequality in decision-making. What is important is an alternative way of thinking about what matters to society, and about the way people have to organise their lives to participate in the economy and their communities.

spatial planning, urban development, regional planning, participation, planning processes

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