This project lies at the intersection of a number of UN policies on ICT4development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (NUA) commitments and Safer Cities and its main beneficiaries are GBV survivors in informal settlements. It seeks engagement with five distinct communities of interest.
1) Inter/Government departments and agencies: The network will provide a space to stakeholders to debate gendered use of space within the smart city agenda.
2) Third sector organisations, grassroots collectives and NGOs working with women in low-income settlements: The network will provide a space for collaboration, knowledge exchange and policy influence in addressing gender needs.
3) ICT and Creative industries: the network will include them as multidisciplinary collaborators, leading on various aspects of the pathways to impact. Their involvement will bring arts and humanities approaches to work with ICT to shift smart city agendas towards gender needs. It will provide a multidisciplinary space and platform to address intersectional gender needs through creative practice.
4) Built environment professionals, architects and planners will find the network useful as a way to understand the scope and limitations of design in creating safe cities.
5) Ordinary citizens: the network will provide ethical and confidential space to women citizens to speak in their own voice, claim agency and transform into rights claiming citizens. It will provide a supportive and confidential environment to work with digital technology and art to co-create installations that will give confidence and creative agency to claim a gendered right to the smart city. It will also provide them the opportunity to participate in the supportive environment of the stakeholder workshops to draw attention to the complex temporal and spatial marginalisations that frame their experiences in the future smart city.