Urban Inclusivity: Women's Mobility in the City
July 15, 2014 12:50 PM Subscribe
What does a city for women look like?
posted by rue72 (23 comments total)
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"In the city for women, a woman can sit alone in parks, linger, run, jog, without much diminished fear at any time of the day. Women too can be flaneurs and have the right to loiter. Rather than just prioritise safety and freedom from harassment, women can prioritise speed and convenience of mobility. Women’s mobility is not just about getting from point A to B, but also about social mobility. Greater physical mobility for women is conducive for social mobility and self-actualisation."
Who decides how to make a city inclusive and accessible, and whether it's successfully been made so?
"Inclusive cities are not merely safe for women. In fact, many cities are not inclusive because of both the deliberate and unintended emphasis on an often paternalistic and draconian notion of ‘safety.’ Safety measures have resulted in increased policing, surveillance, and even total exclusion of certain groups of people from participating in public life. Protective safety measures are also behind gender-segregation in public spaces and transportation. While welcomed by some, such measures address short-term safety, marginalise women, and grant perceived and would-be perpetrators freedom."
For very basic background on urban accessibility in general, here's a pdf
with many visual examples, which I've found helpful (linked from a Spanish university).