I.Â Check point
Training & Mobilization
For each exploratory walk we lead, we rely on a local NGO to help us organize the walk. In return for this precious contribution, we coach the local team with four half-day training sessions. In MalmÃ¶, Sweden, we worked withÂ JÃ¤mstÃ¤lldhetsbyrÃ¥, a feminist NGO led by the wonderful Malin. Her colleagues, Morit, Agnes, Panelia and Erik, complete the team.
Before the walk, we conducted two half day training training sessions: the first on participatory initiative essentials, such as inclusive mobilization and communication, and the second on exploratory walk project management, including its goals, organization, route, and survey design.
Objective: Be ready for D-Day!
As mobilization lies at the heart of any participatory initiative, including our exploratory walk, we decided to expand our training sessions to include a more active form of training. Thus the day before the walk, we went out into the field to distribute flyers and hang up some posters around MÃ¶llevÃ¥ngstorget, the exploratory walk’s starting point.
Saturday March 12th, 2:00 p.m. Womenability, along with its local partner, JÃ¤mstÃ¤lldhetsbyrÃ¥, leads its second exploratory walk in theÂ MÃ¶llevÃ¥ngstorgetÂ neighborhood of MalmÃ¶ – its first outside of France.
The walk got off to a great start; many people joined us, perhaps 30 in total (including five men!), the national media was there and so was the sun. Everyone was ready to walk and exchange about gender equality in the city – we couldn’t ask more!
We organized a 45 minute walk around the MÃ¶llevÃ¥ngstorget square, with four stops to allow participants to fill in the questionnaire. Each stop was about a specific theme: the city in general, mobility, well-being, harassment, and participation.
During our walk we wereÂ positively surprised by three things.
First, women and men « occupy » the city; they do not simply go from one point to another. We saw a lot of women sitting on benches, just taking time to talk with friends or walk her dogs.
Second, we saw several men walking strollers on their own – many more than during our first walk in Paris (although they were still in the minority relative to women). What’s more, while we did not take public transport during the walk, we saw along the way that every bus had a specific space for 2 or 3 strollers, which encourages mobility for people with young children, both women and men!
Last but not least, we saw many women and men riding bikes in the neighborhood. There was bicycle parking everywhere and plenty of cycle paths, which separate you from the cars and makes you feel secure. It seems that biking is a safe, convenient way to move quickly in MalmÃ¶.
We also passed a woman doing graffiti on a dedicated wall. Perhaps urban art is less gendered in MalmÃ¶?
Of course MalmÃ¶ is far from a perfect city, but we try to focus on the positive aspects.
Check out the data results to know more about the good and the bad points of the city. Coming soon.
Kajsa Rue Halien answered our questions about her work as urban planner in MalmÃ¶ and her engagement with the feminist party.