Our thanks to Leigh for this. The start of the piece:
Organisers of the Resonate conference have offered female delegates cut-price entry, in an effort to improve the gender balance of the event taking place at the AL_A-designed MAAT museum in Lisbon next week.
The decision to offer a “special price for women in design” – cutting the full ticket price of €220 (£195) to €60 (£53) – was taken by organisers MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) and reSITE to “improve the gender balance in the industry”.
The idea came about when reSITE, a non-profit organisation focussing on the urban environment, called for ideas about how to address the gender imbalance in architecture and design.
“reSITE aims to be a part of the movement that elevates female voices as the solution and an opportunity to achieve social balance,” said a statement from the organisation.“By bringing together all different backgrounds we can create provocative conversations around design and architecture for everyone. “
The move comes as the industry reels from the involvement of property professionals implicated in sexual harassment during the Presidents Club scandal earlier this month. [J4MB emphasis]