This is a special issue of Women and Environments International magazine. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of the magazine, a remarkable achievement in the world of feminist publishing in Canada, especially for a volunteer editorial board. This special issue also takes us back to our roots in urban issues, women, and cities.
This year, 2006 also commemorates the founding of UN-HABITAT 30 years ago in Vancouver, BC. In recognition of this historic event, we also celebrate the UN-HABITAT's 30th anniversary as well as the World Urban Forum (WUF) III to be held in Vancouver in June 2006. With this issue we hope to bring a deeper understanding and focus to women's experience of urban centres.
Appropriately, we begin with a piece that assesses the relationship of UN-HABITAT to women and women's organizing on urban issues. In keeping with the theme of the WUF III, the contributors to this special edition focus on numerous key issues of urban sustainability as they impact and affect women. The authors assess, analyze, and bring insightful questions, conclusions and recommendations to the dilemmas of urban sustainability. The cities and towns of Burdwan, Eskisehir, Havana, Halifax, Kathmandu, London, Mexico, Montreal, Ottawa, Prishtina, Quito, Sydney, Taipei, and many others situate these key issues in women's daily living. Interestingly enough, the common thread through many of the articles is urban planning in its broadest and most critical aspects. …