Amplifying women's
voices for better cities
and public spaces

We bring fresh energy to urban design and planning with evidence-based insight that speaks for women, girls and non-binary people.

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We're Aotearoa's leading advocacy group for women
in urbanism

We're a collective of self-identifying wāhine, girls and non-binary people with broad backgrounds and deep expertise, working together to amplify our voices in the design of cities and public spaces.

Whether you're an urban professional, local government representative or community member, we're keen to discuss how we can work together to realise more beautiful, equitable urban environments for everyone.

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What we do

We advocate for women's issues by actively participating in urban area reform. Our actions are focused in three key areas.

Campaigns
and submissions

We raise awareness and advocate for change on issues affecting women in public spaces.

Speaking and public engagement

We speak on panels, make presentations and get involved in stakeholder mahi.

Community building
and events

We host community events and build support for women in urban professions.

Cities that are good for womxn
are good for everyone

Our cities have been built by men, creating inequities in our urban environment. Women in Urbanism seeks to change this through evidence-based information and design.

Our vision is beautiful, inspiring, inclusive towns and cities for everyone. We believe when you design with women in mind you get better outcomes for everyone.

Cities that are good for womxn
are good for everyone

Our cities have been built by men, creating inequities in our urban environment. Women in Urbanism seeks to change this through evidence-based information and design.

Our vision is beautiful, inspiring, inclusive towns and cities for everyone. We believe when you design with women in mind you get better outcomes for everyone.

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Cities that are good for women
are good for everyone

Our vision is beautiful, inspiring, inclusive towns and cities for everyone. Traditionally our streets have been designed to work for able-bodied, white, cisgender men, creating harmful inequities in our urban environment.

Women in Urbanism seeks to change this by empowering women from diverse backgrounds to be part of how we shape, design and build our cities. We believe when you design with women and intersectionality in mind you get better outcomes for everyone.

Featured speakers

Bring equal representation to your event and better engage, educate, and entertain your audience. Browse our expert and inspirational keynote speakers on urban matters.

Olivia Haddon

Olivia Haddon is an urban mother of three, as well as an Urban Planner and Urban Designer.

Jade Kake

Architect, Writer, Urban Designer, Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism Ltd - Ngāpuhi - Te Parawhau me Ngāti Hau, Te Arawa, Whakatōhea

Jacqueline Paul

Māori Landscape Architect, Lecturer, Indigenous Researcher - Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga

Jess Berentson-Shaw, Dr.

Co-director at The Workshop, Research Associate, Public Policy Institute, University of Auckland

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Let's make space for women and girls in Aotearoa!

Through a collective of over 600 active members, we empower women to play an equal role in how we shape, design and build our urban spaces. Help us make a difference, become a member or fund our cause today.

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Recent blogs

Wishing on a swing

In collaboration with soft.serve.social and Urban Dream Brokerage, our Wellington team created a playful activation at the Wishing Swing at Glover Park this summer.

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A wāhine's journey through Wellington's bike culture

We are delighted to announce the launch of Wheels & Whims, a story zine about Pōneke cycle culture from a female lens. In it, we share stories of Wellington women who ride, carry sh*t and figure out the curvy streets of our fair city.

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Emma champions womens' roles in city design for FIFA 2023

Meet Emma McInnes, Founder of Women in Urbanism. She discusses why including women in the way urban spaces are designed ensures equitable outcomes.

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