About this event

The sessions of Empowering Women, Public Space and Cimate 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 Beglium 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 and girls to fight for equality, social, environmental and racial justice is not an easy task. Yet perils from inaction, the threat of climate change and other reprehensible acts of injustice are real, especially in the global south compared to the global north. Over the last weeks we have seen COP 27 taking place in Egypt, and on November 25, the UN Women international day against gender violence. We must all do our part – this session of Empowering Women Public Space and Climate Change, will be focus on how we can ‘co-design’ enabling systems that support women and girls in their fight towards equality, social, environmental and racial justice. How can resiliency also be a key factor in empowering women?”

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).

We have the pleasure to host the following Speakers that will be joining us:



Daisy Narayanan is the Head of Placemaking and Mobility at the City of Edinburgh Council where she leads on delivering a city-wide integrated approach to transport and placemaking. She trained as an architect and urban designer and over the last decade, her work has focussed on sustainable transport and climate action. Daisy sits on the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland, Wellbeing Alliance Scotland and The Saltire Society. She is a member of the Evidence Group of Scotland’s Climate Assembly and sits on the judging panel for Scottish Transport Awards. She has recently been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.Drawing on her previous experience working in India, Singapore, England and Scotland, Daisy believes passionately in the importance of creating inclusive places for people: places that reflect and complement the communities that live in them. A music aficionado, a bookworm and a linguist, Daisy spends her time enjoying the Scottish outdoors with her husband and two children.


Giulia Maci is an urban planner specialised in gender-sensitive city development, youth engagement and community-based action planning with work experience in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Currently she works as urban specialist at Cities Alliance – UNOPS in Brussels, coordinating the Cities for Women Global Programme that focuses on increasing girls’ and women’s engagement in urban development and governance through participatory planning and design processes. Giulia is also Institute Associate at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Giulia has been the Italian coordinator for the Dialogue 5 +5 in the Mediterranean Region for the promotion of exchanges and city projects focusing on circular economy and citizens inclusion. Prior to this, she has worked as researcher and consultant for different international organizations, developing and leading urban projects.https://www.citiesalliance.org/


Sangeetha Shinde is the author of 4 books, an entrepreneur, and an intuitive healer

She ended up living on the streets when she was just 21 and from that difficult start has gone on to get an MBA from Australia, written 4 books, left an intensely violent marriage and has rescued over 50 animals. She headed 3 international magazines on tourism, culture lifestyle and business. She was Principal Correspondent and Chief Copy Editor of the world’s largest English language newspaper. She was on the jury of a BBC short story contest and the Haute Mond Mrs India Pageant. She is a motivational speaker having delivered talks at universities and women’s organisations around the world. She was awarded the title of Most Inspirational Woman 2019 in India for her work with victims of rape, domestic violence, addicts and the suicidally depressed

She currently works as Contributing Editor to Aspire Magazine, Dubai and is working on het fifth book. Her previous book, The Naked Indian Woman describes the lives of 16 everyday women from India. It is Sangeetha’s mission to empower women to throw off the chains of misogyny and patriarchy that have held women back for millennia.



Stefanie’s belief in international cooperation and sustainable urban development has led her to live in four different continents. She currently finds herself in Europe, back to her roots, where she works as the Capitalisation and Communication Officer at the URBACT Secretariat, an European Territorial Cooperation programme that drives changes for better cities. She occasionally acts as consultant for UN-Habitat, since 2020 she has also become a validated Early Career Public Space Advisor for the City Space Architecture. She holds a master degree in urban public policy from Sciences Po Paris and is particularly passionate about #GenderEqualCities.


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 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.