Feminist cities

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Feminist cities

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Why do so many women still feel unsafe walking the streets of our cities? We take a look at the idea of a feminist city. What is it and what could it look like? And where in the world are they getting it right? Since the murder of Sarah Everard in South London in March, women all over the UK took to social media to discuss their experiences of walking the streets. And the lengths they go to stay safe. The 33 year old was walking home from a friend’s house in the evening when a police officer abducted and then murdered her. The killing touched women all over the country - and even further afield. But what if women didn’t fear being out on the streets? Tamasin Ford speaks to Leslie Kern, the author of Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World and to Sara Ortiz Escalante, a member of Col·lectiu Punt 6 (Collective Point 6), a cooperative of architects, sociologists in Barcelona in Spain who have worked in more than 120 towns and cities around the world with just one aim in mind - to put a feminist perspective on everything they do. Plus she speaks to Ellen Woodsworth, the co-chair and founder of Women Transforming Cities International in Canada, an organisation aimed at making cities better places to live for women and girls. Plus she speaks to entrepreneur Dr Kalpana Viswanath, co-founder & CEO of Safetipin, an app that uses data mapping tools to make public spaces safer for women. (Picture credit: Ruben Earth, Getty Creative)
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Why do so many women still feel unsafe walking the streets of our cities? We take a look at the idea of a feminist city. What is it and what could it look like? And where in the world are they getting it right? Since the murder of Sarah Everard in South London in March, women all over the UK took to social media to discuss their experiences of walking the streets. And the lengths they go to stay safe. The 33 year old was walking home from a friend’s house in the evening when a police officer abducted and then murdered her. The killing touched women all over the country - and even further afield. But what if women didn’t fear being out on the streets? Tamasin Ford speaks to Leslie Kern, the author of Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World and to Sara Ortiz Escalante, a member of Col·lectiu Punt 6 (Collective Point 6), a cooperative of architects, sociologists in Barcelona in Spain who have worked in more than 120 towns and cities around the world with just one aim in mind - to put a feminist perspective on everything they do. Plus she speaks to Ellen Woodsworth, the co-chair and founder of Women Transforming Cities International in Canada, an organisation aimed at making cities better places to live for women and girls. Plus she speaks to entrepreneur Dr Kalpana Viswanath, co-founder & CEO of Safetipin, an app that uses data mapping tools to make public spaces safer for women. (Picture credit: Ruben Earth, Getty Creative)
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