Dear all,

 

Attached below is an insightful article from the New York Times discussing the linkages between urban planning and gender violence in India.  The article highlights how the absence of street vendors (and by extension, customers who, by their presence, help to populate the street), increased traffic speeds, and streetlights that illuminate the roads but fail to illuminate sidewalks all contribute to making India's cities unsafe for women after dark. 

 

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/can-urban-planning-help-indias-cities-reduce-sexual-violence/

 

Importantly, the article also drives home the fact that while it is a priority to make cities safe and accessible for women, by doing so we increase the well-being of all.  As Guatam Bhan, a senior consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements stated, "Gender-inclusive cities are not just safer for women, they are also more egalitarian for all citizens."

 

Please feel free to share comments or similar experiences below.