Solution Labs Brings Women Leaders Together

The workshop series to be held under the titles "Developing Care Systems for Equitable and Prosperous Cities " and "Empowering Women's Leadership" within the scope of the Metropolis Solutions Labs, in partnership with the Marmara Municipalities Union and Metropolis, have started. Kicking off with an online session, the workshops will culminate in a face-to-face gathering hosted by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality at the Istanbul Planning Agency on June 10-11, 2024.

Workshop for Empowering Women Leaders

The inaugural online workshop, titled "Shared Challenges and Opportunities," marked the first phase of "Empowering Women Leaders for Gender Equality in City Governance." Moderated by Burcuhan Şener, Director of International Affairs at MMU, and Julia Munroe, Metropolis Policy Officer, the session brought together 11 women leaders from diverse cities including Istanbul, Balıkesir, Antalya, Ramallah, Amman, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo.

Focused on identifying barriers obstructing women's leadership paths, the workshop aims to catalyze both individual and structural transformations. By fostering an environment of experience-sharing and collaboration, the program endeavors to enhance women's leadership skills and cultivate a supportive network.

Unleashing Leadership Potential by Overcoming Obstacles

Central to the initiative is the objective of empowering female municipal managers with the requisite knowledge, tools, and skills for effective leadership. The workshops serve as a crucial step in nurturing a dynamic and supportive community, fostering connections, sharing insights, and paving the way for future collaborations.

During the online session, participants got to know each other and shared their professional backgrounds. They will share best practices during the face-to-face workshop. The aim is to integrate gender perspectives into policy frameworks and project design through the exploration of exemplary practices.

About Metropolis and Solutions Labs

Metropolis is a global network of the world's largest cities—providing innovative solutions to the critical challenges facing large metropolitan areas. Bringing together over 150 member cities and 700 million inhabitants worldwide, Metropolis serves as a global hub where metropolises can connect, share solutions and mobilize on issues related to sustainability, social cohesion, metropolitan governance, future planning and gender equality.
The solutions lab model is Metropolis’ approach to policy exchange—bringing cities together around a common metropolitan challenge. Each lab will connect renowned topic experts with participants, leverage the experiences of the participating city, and complement them with external expertise and relevant examples. For detailed information about Metropolis and Solutions Labs click here.