Wednesday 8th March
Kindly hosted by Clayton Utz
On International Women’s Day, committee members and stakeholders gathered to discuss the Female City, a key priority of the Committee, over breakfast at Clayton Utz’s spectacular offices. Guests were treated to an insightful debate on what a city designed for and by women would look like, and how it would function. The Committee for Sydney believe it is time for a more meaningful discussion about the role of women in designing, making policy for, building and managing our cities. The event had a very high turnout, suggesting that this is a discussion that many in our city are willing to have.
The event featured a panel discussion with some of Sydney’s most influential female thinkers and shapers of the city, including: Ann Sherry, Committee for Sydney; Monica Barone, City of Sydney; Nikki Robinson, Clayton Utz; Lynn Kraus, EY ; Georgia Vitale, Arup and Sarah Hill, Greater Sydney Commission discussing the opportunities and challenges of creating a Sydney for all.
“A city should be a reflection of its citizens and more than half of Greater Sydney’s citizens are female – so it is encouraging that more women are taking an active role in shaping out cities” the quote from the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW, was a key point of discussion by the panel members, who noted progress made in advancing equality but also challenges that remain that hamper the success of many women. The panel also discussed how women’s needs have changed; they want to be close to work, schools, key services, outdoor space, places to socialise. This is changing how cities develop. Sydney needs to continue to think about how the city is used by all, in particular focussing on safety, walkability, jobs closer to where people live and the concept of work life integration rather than work life balance.
The Female City remains a core focus for the Committee in 2017, we will be keeping dialogue open on this key issue for our city and looking to host more events on the Female City.