Lima, Peru

Under the name “Female builders of an inclusive and resilient city-wide system of public spaces in Lima” the project aims to promote resilience, social cohesion and city-wide public policy improvements.


Category: Public partnership
Location: Four sites across Lima: “El Rosario”- pedestrian pathway, Human Settlement La Ensenada, Puente Piedra, “Las Palmeras” – pedestrian pathway, Human Settlement La Ensenada, Puente Piedra. Santa Madero – public space, Human Settlement Leticia, Rimac. paradero Progreso – public space, Human Settlement Pamplona alta, San Juan de Miraflores.
Time: October 1st 2021 – November 1st 2022
Partners: Avina foundation.
Participants: Women from the local community.

Her story


The two pedestrian pathways, “El Rosario” and “Las Palmas” are key for the mobility of local residents. They are located on hillsides and because of this they are vulnerable and dangerous. The aim is to make them more secure from landslides, create garden patches for locals to grow their own food and make the area safe from violence and crime. The public space of Santa Madero is not used by many locals because of its current use as an informal parking area and it is also a space where drug selling and consumption occurs. The aim is to increase the use of the space among women, children and older persons. With the fourth public space, Paradero Progreso, the aim is to improve pedestrian access to the space and implement children’s play equipment.


The Female Builders are local women, many of them single mothers who have become unemployed during the pandemic. Their knowledge of the local area and building techniques that are suitable for hillside areas are important to the development of safe and accessible public spaces. The Female Builders will pass on their knowledge to other groups of women through peer-to-peer workshops. In transforming the public spaces in the idea, the economy will be revived at the neighbourhood scale.


The transformation of the sites can act as inspiration and evidence for developing further sites across Lima as well as affect public policy in Lima and wider Peru.


Lessons learned


Block 1: Stakeholder engagement

A multi-stakeholder team of girls and professionals to mainstream youth, gender and socio-economic perspectives throughout the entire planning, design and implementation process.

Block 2: City wide assessment 

A city level analysis based on girls and young women’s observations and a list with their top priority spaces to be improved.

Block 3: Site specific assessment

Collecting quantitative and qualitative data by girls and young women on the state of the space that is considered a top priority for improvement.

Block 4: Analysing challenges

A joint vision for the space based on a detailed analysis of the girls’ needs and current privileges in the space.

Block 5: Designing ideas 

A rough design in Minecraft of the new space made by the girls and professionals based on the solutions identified throughout the process.

Block 6: Recommendations

A joint action plan for the space where girls and professionals negotiate ways forward for implementation and potential impact of the project.

Block 7: Action plans

Detailed plans collaboratively developed by the girls and professionals for the construction phase including cost estimations and maintenance plans.

Block 8: Sharing results

Approval to move forward and start construction from decision-makers and community and spreading of knowledge gained throughout the project.

Block 9: Implementation and follow-up

An evaluation of the process, follow up on construction by the girls and a final report on the results of the entire project with a mainstreaming strategy to scale up similar initiatives.

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