Following the Neolithic revolution,humans no longer needed to live a nomadic lifestyle, and thus began formingcities. These early cities were primarily run by women, as men would spendtheir days outside of the city hunting, farming or fighting for new territories.
The women, however, would gather inurban spaces such as the washhouse, fountain or markets to complete her dailytasks, shop and socialize with other women. This is still the reality in somecountries today.
During the World War I, when the menleft to fight, the women gained even more independence in the city. In France,women won their place in factories as they became munitionettes (women who madebullets for the war). Women also took on roles as nurses and teachers associety had no choice but to allow women to replace the traditional roles ofmen.
As urbanization has increasedthroughout the centuries, men have become more and more dominant in cities, asthe need for farming, hunting and fighting has decreased. Cities are built withthe intention of accommodating men, while women have lost their dominance inurban areas.
Today, cities are anxiety provokingfor many women, as their interests are commonly not taken into account whencities are planned. Many places in urban areas repel women and make them feelunsafe and unwelcome. Women are under-represented and disrespected in themodern city. Green City, a representation of the “city of tomorrow” is animprovement in sustainability; but is not giving the needed attention to sexdiscrimination in the city.
City-dwellersare asked to use sustainable mobility, which also discriminates against women.Despite the supposed gender equality, women take care of children and maintainthe home more than men. Women have more responsibility and difficulty whentraveling in the city, and it is unreasonable to ask them to run errands withtheir children on a bike.
Greenpolicy does not match with women everyday life.
Newenergy policies allow street ights to be dimmed in order to save power
andto be more sustainable. This policy educes more stress for women as itincreases their risk of being in danger in poorly lit streets.
Thecity is feminine only by her noun. She was created by men, for men.
Today,all the policies for the cities, green and sustainable are still created bymen, and do not take into consideration the needs of women.
#HeForShe, a campaign launched
byUN Women for gender equality all around the world is finally giving attentionto sex discrimination issues in the city.
Becauseour studio wants to pay a tribute to all the women in the entire
World,and because we want the women get her well-deserved spot in the city,
wededicate a building to her.
Wewant to give women their place back in the city, help them to overcome
Theissues they face everyday living in the city. Still, in 2016, women must bediscreet to avoid harassment and prejudice.
Wewish for women to become visible again.
He4Sheskyscraper is a tribute to all women.