Oct 12 Empowering Women, Public Space and Climate Change - Talks (09)

About this event

The sessions of Empowering Women, Public Space and Climate Change Talks, combine our past topics of Public Space and Climate Change. Partnering together with Her City a joint initiative of UN Habitat and Global Utmaning. Partners of the New European Bauhaus and co-organization with partners of BIDs Belgium and City Space Architecture.

Empowering Women, Public Space and Climate Change aims to create further awareness, research and projects on female led initiatives and gathering experts from a variety of sectors with a focus on empowering diverse women around the world. Engaging in inspiring debates and discussions, taking an inclusive approach to highlight women working in the field. All sessions of Empowering Women and Climate Change recognize the need for more gender equality, racial and social justice. With taking an integrated systemic and connected approach by local governments, private sector and grassroots and civil society organizations, together having a crucial opportunity to enhance their climate responses from social issues to the supply chain, from poverty alleviation and gender equality.

About this session:

Empowering Women, Public Space & Climate ChangeJoin us for an enlightening session that delves into the crucial intersection of urban sports, gender equality, and climate change. In today’s world, creating safe spaces for women to engage in sports in public areas is paramount, not only for their physical well-being but also for their mental health. This session explores the profound importance of these spaces, backed by compelling statistics that underscore the need for change.

We’ll also delve into the positive impact of urban sports on mental health and well-being, providing insights into how physical activity can enhance mental resilience.Moreover, we’ll showcase with our presenters, some inspiring projects. There has been remarkable progress in women’s participation in sports, with a focus on the rise of women’s teams, leagues, and inspirational athletes.

These women are not only breaking barriers but also serving as role models and advocates for gender equality. Together, we’ll explore how empowering women through urban sports in public spaces not only contributes to climate resilience but also fosters a more inclusive and compassionate society. Join us in this insightful session to understand the transformative potential of empowering women, public space, and climate change through urban sports.

This session of Empowering Women and Public Spaces Talks, is co-organised by Rozina Spinnoy, BIDs Belgium and in partnership with Luisa Bravo of City Space Architecture. Partners of Her City, a joint initiative of UN Habitat and Global Utmaning, the New European Bauhaus (as community partners of BIDs Belgium).This session of Empowering Women and Public Spaces Talks, is co-organised by Rozina Spinnoy, BIDs Belgium and in partnership with Luisa Bravo of City Space Architecture. Partners of Her City, a joint initiative of UN Habitat and Global Utmaning, the New European Bauhaus (as community partners of BIDs Belgium).

This is the third session of 2023 and we look forward to welcoming the following speakers:

Nia Lyte

Nia Lyte born in Bogotá, Colombia and is a TED Talk Speaker and advocate for women’s rights, empowerment, leadership, and gender equality. Nia is President of the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF). Since 2012, she been traveling around the world to speak before thousands of women leaders for international NGOs at the United Nations in New York and several international conferences. She is the co-founder of Guardian Girls, a global Gender-based violence prevention and response program that empowers girls and women to defend themselves from all forms of violence through sports and martial arts. The Guardian Girls program partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in late 2019 and the World Karate Federation (WKF) in 2022. As KIF President, she been traveling to dozens of countries to promote and launch the Guardian Girls Karate Project and Programs with WKF and UNFPA in Spain, Egypt, Morocco, USA, Japan, Ireland and Hungary.


Dr. Monika Wróbel

Dr. Monika Wróbel Architect, urban planner and urban researcher working in the field of public spaces. She is vice-president of the Urban Sports Square Foundation, which supports the development of friendly, intergenerational urban recreation spaces, an official partner of the New European Bauhaus initiative. She supports the Office of Architecture and Spatial Planning of the City of Warsaw in projects concerning the redevelopment of public spaces in the capital city of Poland. She defended her PhD at the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology with a thesis on the relationship between contemporary public art and the urban space of Warsaw. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the international association City Space Architecture, which brings together researchers and practitioners of public space.

Elizabeth Majuma

Elizabeth Majuma is from Kenya and a Soccer Trainer. She has been training women and children for the last two years. Volunteering and driven by passion, she was also the 2019 Female Sportsperson of the year in Keyna, representing the Riverside CBO group from Gatwekera – KDI partner. Using what resources she could get her hands on with the soccer ball, she not only desires change in her community, she inspires with being a female role model and a change agent in her own community and beyond.

Laska Nenova

Laska Nenova is a serial social entrepreneur, social impact marketer and placemaker, Laska amazes with her ability to turn dreams into plans and then go for them. Laska is a founding board member of Placemaking Europe, founder and general manager of BG Be Active Association and managing partner of Urban Nudges. “We are doing it’ is her second name.

Dr. Luisa Bravo

Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, social entrepreneur and public space activist. She has more than 15-years experience in the professional field as urban planner and designer with a specific focus on public space. Her expertise is grounded in extensive academic postdoctoral research and teaching in Italy and Europe, the United States, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Throughout her academic career, she held different academic positions, in Italy and abroad, and she has been the recipient of prestigious grants and awards such as the Marco Polo scholarship for a postdoctoral research period as Visiting Scholar at IURD – Institute of Urban and Regional Development at University of California Berkeley (USA, 2012) and the Australia Award Endeavour Executive Fellowship for professional development, fully funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training, hosted at the Queensland University of Technology, School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries (Australia, 2018).

Luisa is the Founder and President of City Space Architecture, an Italian-based non-profit organization promoting public space culture at the global level, and she is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Journal of Public Space, the first, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space, that she established through City Space Architecture in partnership with UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.


Rozina Spinnoy

Rozina Spinnoy is a Design Strategist and Social Entrepreneur, Owner/Founder of her NGO BIDs Belgium and Design SME’s based in Brussels and working internationally. A community partner of the New European Bauhaus, with her NGO BIDs Belgium. She is also the Founder of the international/community initiative of Empowering Women, Public Space and Climate Change. Recently appointed as the Associate Direct of the Public Space Academy, an initiave of City Space Architecture, with the Ove Arup Foundation. An active member and Leader of the Placemaking Europe Network. Rozina is also an Academician for the Academy of Urbanism and also sitting on a variety of Advisory Councils. Rozina champions a variety of causes, projects and philanthropic activities, ranging from gender equality, urban place-making, inclusion and diversity. A keen advocate for more mental health awareness, inclusive communities and co-designing processes in her wide range of diverse projects. You will find Rozina often sharing her views and passion on the value of Design, Creativity and Foresight for positive impact across our society.