On November 19th in Barcelona the WUM Annual Summit was held, hosted by CARNET and the UPC, and marked the end of the first year of this great project in style. The UPC North Campus served as the venue for this event, which brought together not only the women's network formed in 2021 but also other actors, such as women's organizations and the general public.
The event, moderated by Laia Pagès, executive director of CARNET, began with a brief overview of WUM's first year, presented by Margarita Martínez of the UPC, who went over the most noteworthy outputs, experiences, and, of course, lessons learned. While not everything is perfect, especially in the beginning, WUM's first year's result has been more than satisfactory for the members and all who knew and were part.
Following that, Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, highlighted her expertise, knowledge, lessons gained, and difficulties from her unique perspective, as urban mobility is traditionally a male-dominated field. These emotional and inspiring words were followed by six equally motivating interventions by six women's organizations: La Mirada (Barcelona Metropolitan Area), Women in Motion, SomDones.cat, IT Girls, Movmi (Canada), and Dones Politècniques, all of which focus on bringing visibility and support to the role of women in the field of urban mobility.
In addition to words, the Annual Summit wanted to go even further, and, through an innovative workshop carried out by Col·lectiu Punt 6, attendees were able to gain awareness of the critical current situation of women's daily mobility patterns, since cities, sadly, have not been developed taking into account that women have different mobility needs, and that, despite recent progress, the gender gap in this field, as in others, remains.
To round up the evening, the guests took a pleasant walk around the streets of Barcelona, where they interacted, strengthened bonds, and had a great time on the walk and at the farewell cocktail.
For WUM partners, the annual forum was more than just an event; it was a crucial day since revisiting the project and presenting the year's results was both emotional and satisfying. Likewise, it was an occasion to present WUM to individuals who were unfamiliar with it and to publish the project perspective in 2022.
Women in Urban Mobility - Annual Summit 2021