Friday March 03, 2017

Claiming Space

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Public spaces, from parks to sidewalks to transit, have a huge impact on millions of women around the world. They can help make life enjoyable and safe, or dangerous -- sometimes even lethal. Contributor Megan Williams travels from India to Vienna to talk to sociologists, city planners, and cultural historians. She reveals how the conception and design of public space profoundly affects the lives of women who move through it. ** This episode originally aired on October 7, 2014

Participants in the program:

  • Suneeta Dhar, Director of Jagori, New Delhi women's rights organization.

  • Shruti, gender researcher and community activist at Jagori.

  • Kalpana Viswanath, sociologist and co-founder of Safetipin, a mobile app developed to support community safety and a leader of the Safe Delhi for Women campaign.

  • Sameera Khan, journalist, Mumbai, co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets and and teaches journalism at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences.

  • Shilpa Phadke, co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets; and professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

  • Shilpa Ranade, co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets; practising architect and researcher and is founding partner of the design collaborative DCOOP.

  • Elizabeth Wilson, London-based researcher, writer and lecturer on the culture of urban life and author of novels The Twilight Hour, War Damage, and The Girl in Berlin.

  • Eva Kail, gender expert in the Planning Group in the Technical Group in the City of Vienna.

  • Claudia Prinz-Brandenburg, landscape planner for the Municipality of Vienna with a focus on gender-mainstreaming in public open space and parks in Vienna.

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Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets

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Women in Cities International 

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