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Involving women in outdoor sports through the SW-UP Project

The SW-UP Project, financed by the Directorate General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission, will last 18 months and had its kick off meeting in Guimarães on 26-27 Febraury. 


The project partners came together for the first time to get to know each other and discuss the next steps on how to make the women friendly environments for outdoor activities successful in their cities. The proposed project aims first of all at shading light on why and how to design women friendly urban environments for outdoor sports/physical activity through: the drafting of Guidelines on promoting a women friendly urban environment for outdoor sport/physical activity, including also a Roadmap on women friendly urban environment for outdoor sport/physical activity at local level and of and identification of a set of priorities for improving urban places for outdoor sports/physical activity from a gender equality perspective.

The meeting was an opportunity to fully introduce the project to the partners and discuss in-depth intellectual outputs, foreseen activities and outputs. We discussed extensively a set-up of the survey that will be conducted among the citizens of the partner cities and will tackle the issue of women’s participation in outdoor activities. The survey will be conducted in the coming months and after the survey, the partner cities will conduct a pilot programmes to understand how women use outdoor recreational spaces in their cities. The inputs from these two research activities will allow us to formulate SW-UP Guidelines on the women’ friendly design of outdoor recreational places.

We saw a great commitment and interest in the project among the partners and we would like to thank them all for their involvement and in particular, many thanks to Tempo Livre and the city of Guimarães for their great hospitality. The next SW-UP meeting will take place in June in Milan and will be hosted by "Instituto per la Ricerca Sociale" (IRS).

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