The Women Friendly Seoul Project, part of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s women friendly urban policy, has been chosen as the winner of a “Special Mention” prize by Metropolis, a coalition of the world’s leading metropolitan cities, after receiving the UN Public Service Award in Tanzania on June 23.
Metropolis said, “The Women Friendly Seoul Project has opened up a new horizon in women’s policy by reflecting gender-recognition characters in the urban space of Seoul,” in explaining the reason for honoring Seoul.
The Metropolis Award is presented to exemplary policies that have contributed to improving citizens’ quality of life. The Seoul Metropolitan Government won a Special Mention prize with its online civil administration service system in 2002, and a second prize for the improvement of its public transportation systems in 2005, so this is the first Metropolis prize the city has won in six years.
The Women Friendly Seoul Project has already earned a positive assessment as an exemplary model for women friendly urban policies not only in Korea but also in the international community. By winning the Special Mention prize from Metropolis after receiving the UN Public Service Award for two consecutive years, the project should make a great contribution to elevating Seoul’s image as a women friendly city.
The Metropolis Award Ceremony will take place during the 10th Metropolis World Congress (Nov. 23 – 26, 2011) in Porto Alegre, Brazil in November. The ceremony will introduce the prize-winning policies of the world’s greatest metropolitan cities, including the Women Friendly Seoul Project.