Since 2020, the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) has embarked on a collective learning process together with all its members and allies for the elaboration of a series of thematic papers to explore and deepen into the key conceptual and programmatic contents related to the Right to the City. These documents are intended to strengthen the advocacy, training, networking, and communication work of the GPR2C.

On this occasion, we are publishing the Thematic Paper: “Inclusive Citizenship in Cities and Human Settlements”. This paper explores the notion of inclusive citizenship, one of the components of the Right to the City. This Thematic papers aims to shed light on the potential and need for alternative forms of citizenship. Formal citizenship fosters a narrative of universalism, that all citizens have equal rights and obligations, but citizenship is “differentially experienced” by women, men, elders, youngsters, racialized persons, indigenous peoples, LGTBQIA+ communities, migrants… We sense an urgent need for going beyond the traditional top-down and state-centric perspective of citizenship, as citizenship should not be an instrument for exclusion but an including one.

Alternatively, we aim to discuss and foster new interpretations of citizenships that are conceptualized from a bottom-up approach, go beyond nationalistic understandings, and acknowledge diversity within equality. In today’s globalized world, we call to detach citizenship from “state-centric” perspectives and be more sensitive to the reality on the local ground.

Discover more with the specific campaign for this Thematic Paper on the occasion of the International Migrants Day 2021!



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