The symposium « Gender, cities and local governance in the Arab world and in the Mediterranean region» aims to study urban development by focusing on gender issues and the role of women in this process because social norms related to gender are linked to the internal transformations within any given society.
The symposium will discuss the role of women in urban planning and management. Women's daily experience and activities within the public space are different from men's own perceptions about the city: social activities, social interactions, employment or the daily schedule for example vary greatly and also depend on norms and social values.
We contend that studying urban spaces through the lens of gender is a relevant approach to enrich the existing literature focusing on social, cultural, economic and political issues inside the city. While there is a growing body of research focusing on gender in the field of urban studies it is important to broaden and deepen the scope of the research on these issues.