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The curation of news on Gender-based violence (GBV)/Violence against women (VAW)/Violence against women and girls (VAWG) suggests that it is not confined to particular cultures or contexts. GBV/VAW/VAWG coverage from the USA to India. https://disconnectedinfrastructures.wordpress.com
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A model stretch for women in city - The Hindu

A model stretch for women in city - The Hindu | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"The city Corporation is planning a women’s corridor in the Vazhuthacaud area, connecting the Government Women’s College and the Cotton Hill Girls’ Higher Secondary School. The local body is aiming to project it as a model street with focus on women’s safety. “As part of the project, better street lights, cameras and women-friendly toilets will be set up along the area from Bakery Junction to the Cotton Hill school. The existing footpaths will be improved with seating arrangements at various spots. The walls on both sides will be filled with art work just like the Arteria project,” said a Corporation official. According to the official, lack of a feeling of safety is what prevents many women from coming out to the streets at night. It is these issues that they are trying to tackle with this project. The women’s corridor will serve as a model, which the local body plans to extend to more places."
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Travel safety and child care can encourage women to go to work, says World Bank's Annette Dixon - The Economic Times

Travel safety and child care can encourage women to go to work, says World Bank's Annette Dixon - The Economic Times | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Travelling through India over the past two years, Annette Dixon had often wondered why there were so few women outdoors, and in offices. Before moving over to her south Asia role, Dixon had travelled extensively in south eastern Asia where she had noticed many more women. India surprised her, even as she settled in her role as vice-president of World Bank for the south Asian region. “Where are all the women jobs?” Dixon wondered aloud. She did not have to look far enough though. Studies by the World Bank itself have now recorded how women in India are far behind their counterparts in other emerging economy countries in terms of taking up formal jobs outside their homes."
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After high-profile murder in Yangon, women’s safety in the spotlight - Frontier Myanmar

After high-profile murder in Yangon, women’s safety in the spotlight - Frontier Myanmar | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"The recent rape and murder of a 26-year-old women in a Yangon taxi has shocked the commercial capital and raised fears over women's safety after dark."
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What Does Planning And Designing Safe Public Spaces For Women And Girls Mean? - UN Women

What Does Planning And Designing Safe Public Spaces For Women And Girls Mean? - UN Women | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Planning and designing safe public spaces for women and girls means creating public spaces with features that enhance women’s safety and feelings of safety, and detract from features that cause women’s insecurity and feelings of insecurity. While planning and designing safe public spaces for women, planners, designers and architects place special focus on lighting, landscaping, visibility, motorized traffic, pedestrian traffic, urban furniture, potential hiding spots, signage, security personnel, proximity to other public spaces, proximity to emergency services, and access to public transportation. Each of these areas is given particular consideration from the perspective of the women and girls who use public spaces."
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All-New, All-Women Scooter Squads to Patrol Kolkata's Streets - The Better India

All-New, All-Women Scooter Squads to Patrol Kolkata's Streets - The Better India | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Kolkata is making women’s security a priority, and a squad dedicated to the same will soon be patrolling the city streets on scooters, watching over women in places where they might need assistance."
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Gender and open data: Is there an app for that? – CTA

Gender and open data: Is there an app for that? – CTA | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"So what does gender have to do with it? It is clear that a gendered approach to open data and its use need to go beyond the first and vital step of ensuring that open data is gender disaggregated, that the term ‘citizen’ is broken down into gendered sub-categories when it comes to voice and participation, and that efforts to address information asymmetries go hand in hand with efforts to address ‘empowerment asymmetries’. With women making up 60-80 percent of farmers in non-industrial countries (according to FAO estimates) and with up to 70 percent of agricultural labour in some countries coming from women, the role of open data will never transform the global response to hunger if women are by-passed in our global efforts to open data."
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5 ways to make Asian cities more inclusive - Eco-Business 

5 ways to make Asian cities more inclusive - Eco-Business  | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"With more than half of the global population living in cities today, sustainable development cannot be realised if segments of society cannot participate in all aspects of urban life. Here are five ways to make a city more inclusive."
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Cities for women’s rights and gender equality - Devex

Cities for women’s rights and gender equality - Devex | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Today, mayors and local authorities have a great opportunity to lead our way from cities 50-50 to planet 50-50 — where women and men have true 50:50 equality in leadership, decision-making, access to resources, education, safety, and employment — by 2030. Achieving urban sustainable development will not be possible if one half of humanity continues to be denied its human rights and opportunities."
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Cities May Alienate Women, But Performance Art Points the Way to Reclaim Lost Space - Medium/How We Get To Next

Cities May Alienate Women, But Performance Art Points the Way to Reclaim Lost Space - Medium/How We Get To Next | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"If we could trace the foot traffic of women in public city spaces, we would notice there are certain places they do not tread. Women are told to avoid alleys and going out at night alone, to keep their keys in their hands—poised and ready to use them as a weapon like Wolverine—when walking to their cars. The fear of violence is so often projected onto the bodies of women that it’s become their responsibility not to get hurt. This is not a natural thing — it’s a socially learned behaviour, where the geography of their absence reveals their fears."
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Safe in the City? Girls tell it like it is - The Conversation

Safe in the City? Girls tell it like it is - The Conversation | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"When authorities decide that an area of the city is “not safe”, the usual response is more lighting, CCTV cameras, and police. But what if there are more subtle indicators of safety in the environment that they are missing? This is a question asked by a team of researchers from the Monash University XYX Lab who collaborated with Plan International Australia to identify and illuminate why women and young girls often feel unsafe in Australian urban spaces."
Image (c) Pamela Salen, XYX Lab, Monash University 2017
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Safe infrastructure means safer women - and it's our job to say so - Devex

Safe infrastructure means safer women - and it's our job to say so - Devex | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"At this raw and anxious geopolitical moment, those of us in the development community can probably agree that violence against women and girls takes place all over the world and that something must be done to stop it. This consensus has prevailed for some years now. Yet the panoply of initiatives undertaken thus far — largely small-bore, politely funded programs that may raise awareness and train law enforcement officials or community members — hasn’t really changed the game."
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Making cities safe for women - New Straits Times 

Making cities safe for women - New Straits Times  | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Cities face unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges, with six out of every ten people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. According to UN-Habitat, more than 90 per cent of this growth will take place in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population now lives in cities. Given this growth, urban areas are central to economic opportunities and growth and women cannot be left out of it. But, today, women and girls across many countries find it challenging to move out safely in cities and realise their potential."
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Waltham Forest Council launches text message service to report sexual harassment - Guardian Series/Newsquest

Waltham Forest Council launches text message service to report sexual harassment - Guardian Series/Newsquest | The intimate city | Scoop.it

"Women who have been sexually harassed in the street can now get help from a dedicated text service. Those who have been wolf whistled, cat called, groped, followed or photographed without permission in Waltham Forest can report incidents by texting 61016 and will receive advice and support. The service was introduced by Waltham Forest council and was launched on International Women’s Day on Thursday."

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Safety and Security Vital At Universities - New Vision

Safety and Security Vital At Universities - New Vision | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Although colleges and universities are perceived as sanctuaries of learning, they are not always safe places, particularly for female students."
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'Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a feminised urban future' by Sylvia Chant and Cathy McIlwaine - Routledge

'Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a feminised urban future' by Sylvia Chant and Cathy McIlwaine - Routledge | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Developing regions are set to account for the vast majority of future urban growth, and women and girls will become the majority inhabitants of these locations in the Global South. This is one of the first books to detail the challenges facing poorer segments of the female population who commonly reside in ‘slums’. It explores the variegated disadvantages of urban poverty and slum-dwelling from a gender perspective. This book revolves around conceptualisation of the ‘gender-urban-slum interface’ which explains key elements to understanding women’s experiences in slum environments. It has a specific focus on the ways in which gender inequalities are can be entrenched but also alleviated. Included is a review of the demographic factors which are increasingly making cities everywhere ‘feminised spaces’, such as increased rural-urban migration among women, demographic ageing, and rising proportions of female-headed households in urban areas. Discussions focus in particular on education, paid and unpaid work, access to land, property and urban services, violence, intra-urban mobility, and political participation and representation. This book will be of use to researchers and professionals concerned with gender and development, urbanisation and rural-urban migration."
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Ride-hailing apps boost women economically but safety concerns persist - The Christian Science Monitor

Ride-hailing apps boost women economically but safety concerns persist - The Christian Science Monitor | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Women drivers benefit significantly from ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, says a new report from the International Finance Corporation. Many of these companies are now investigating ways to keep women safe while they are on the job."
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Women’s Safety Must Be Part of Transportation Planning - Next City

Women’s Safety Must Be Part of Transportation Planning - Next City | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Cities can and should take on the responsibility of making their public transportation systems safer for women, focusing not only on an individual’s specific travel experience, but on the implications that the prevalence of sexual violence has on society-wide issues of mobility and gender equity Listen to women, believe their stories, and incorporate them into spaces and systems of power. Only then will cities become truly equal."
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Rwanda to use satellite technology to monitor SDG implementation - GeospatialWorld.net

Rwanda to use satellite technology to monitor SDG implementation - GeospatialWorld.net | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Preparing itself for monitoring the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Director-General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), Patrick Nyirishema, feels that satellite communication can play a significant role in facilitating the implementation of SDGs."
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Sexual violence: Leading cause of female depression - Daily Monitor

Sexual violence: Leading cause of female depression - Daily Monitor | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"While depression affects both males and females, the burden of depression is 50 per cent higher for females than males, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The report further reveals that depression is the leading cause of disease burden for women globally."
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Noida: From Kanyakumari to Kashmir, Bakshi walks for women safety - Hindustan Times

Noida: From Kanyakumari to Kashmir, Bakshi walks for women safety - Hindustan Times | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Bakshi, who calls herself a humanitarian, philanthropist and walker, was in the city to interact with the students of Genesis Global School regarding their project “Crossbow” which is based on women safety and empowerment through digital and financial literacy."
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Safetipin at the 9th World Urban Forum, 7-13 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur - Safetipin 

Safetipin at the 9th World Urban Forum, 7-13 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur - Safetipin  | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Kuala Lumpur successfully hosted the weeklong WUF 9 and would be remembered by all the participants as a brilliantly organised and managed event at the state of the art Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in sunny and drizzly KL. The Kuala Lumpur Declaration was announced at the closing ceremony: “Led by a strong spirit of collaboration, creativity and innovation, we share our aspirations for the future of Cities 2030 as the Cities for all where no-one and no place is left behind.”
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'The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement' by Ayona Datta - Routledge

'The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement' by Ayona Datta - Routledge | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"The Illegal City explores the relationship between space, law and gendered subjectivity through a close look at an 'illegal' squatter settlement in Delhi. Since 2000, a series of judicial rulings in India have criminalised squatters as 'illegal' citizens, 'encroachers' and 'pickpockets' of urban land, and have led to a spate of slum demolitions across the country. This book argues that in this context, it has become vital to distinguish between illegality and informality since it is those 'illegal' slums which are at the receiving end of a 'force of law', where law is violently encountered within everyday spaces. This book uses a gendered intersectional lens to explore how a 'violence of law' shapes how 'public' subjectivities of gender, class, religion and caste are encountered and negotiated within the 'private' spaces of home, family and neighbourhood. This book suggests that resettlement is not a condition that squatters desire; rather something that is seen as the only way out of the 'illegal' city. The wait for resettlement is a temporal space of anxiety and uncertainty, where particular kinds of politics around law, space and gender takes shape, which transform squatters' relations with the state, urban development, civil society, and with each other. Through their everyday struggles around water, sanitation, social and political organisation and the transformation of their homes and families, this book shows that the desire for the 'legal city' is also the irony and utopia of home, which will remain an incomplete gendered project - both for the state and for squatters."
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Missing women in urban spaces: From ‘women only’ to ‘women focused’ solutions - The Indian Express

Missing women in urban spaces: From ‘women only’ to ‘women focused’ solutions - The Indian Express | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"#GenderAnd: Low numbers of women commuting in public spaces reeks of deep constraints to women’s mobility — be it concerns of safety, or attitudes that say women need not work or step outside their homes unless necessary."
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Safety fears 'stop women from cycling in cities' - The National

Safety fears 'stop women from cycling in cities' - The National | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"More women must be involved in transport planning as a report reveals safety fears stop some from getting around cities. Active transport charity Sustrans Scotland found worries about personal safety are a barrier to cycling and walking for women. Published today, the organisation’s study Are We Nearly There Yet examined the travel habits of around 2000 women in Glasgow, combining this with a review of research on female mobility patterns across Scotland, the UK and Europe. It found women do more “trip-chaining” than men, carrying out more multi-stop journeys which involve child care, work and other responsibilities across a number of modes of transport. Researchers concluded that women wanted to get around under their own steam to boost their mental and physical health. However, safety worries, convenience when making many stops and appearance were barriers to getting active."
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'Technologies of Choice? | ICTs, Development and the Capabilities Approach' by Dorothea Kleine - The MIT Press

'Technologies of Choice? | ICTs, Development and the Capabilities Approach' by Dorothea Kleine - The MIT Press | The intimate city | Scoop.it
"Information and communication technologies (ICTs)--especially the Internet and the mobile phone--have changed the lives of people all over the world. These changes affect not just the affluent populations of income-rich countries but also disadvantaged people in both global North and South, who may use free Internet access in telecenters and public libraries, chat in cybercafes with distant family members, and receive information by text message or email on their mobile phones. Drawing on Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach to development--which shifts the focus from economic growth to a more holistic, freedom-based idea of human development--Dorothea Kleine in Technologies of Choice? examines the relationship between ICTs, choice, and development. Kleine proposes a conceptual framework, the Choice Framework, that can be used to analyze the role of technologies in development processes. She applies the Choice Framework to a case study of microentrepreneurs in a rural community in Chile. Kleine combines ethnographic research at the local level with interviews with national policy makers, to contrast the high ambitions of Chile’s pioneering ICT policies with the country’s complex social and economic realities. She examines three key policies of Chile’s groundbreaking Agenda Digital: public access, digital literacy, and an online procurement system. The policy lesson we can learn from Chile’s experience, Kleine concludes, is the necessity of measuring ICT policies against a people-centered understanding of development that has individual and collective choice at its heart."
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