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Gender and Space Project
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Source: UNESCO (gender equality)
Source: UNESCO (gender equality)
The Gender and Space project was undertaken by Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR) to identify gendered dimensions of public spaces usage by examining infrastructural setups, cultural environments and ideological terrains.

This is the first multidisciplinary research in India that can be used extensively in urban planning in an attempt to incorporate gender as an indispensable element in designing an inclusive city.

Women’s access to public space has been restricted by many factors, some of these being social and some being infrastructural. Constant concern for safety in public spaces not only restricts women’s access but also allows fierce familial and societal control on women’s movements and their bodies. In the Indian context, the recurrent news on women’s discomfort and lack of safety in public spaces, increasing demand for separate coaches in local trains/metros, need for women only public transports and various demonstrations, campaigns and awareness initiatives strongly project the existing problems that women face on a daily basis in public spaces.

Gender concerns have received attention nationally and globally. However research has often been directed towards issues including violence against women such as rape, molestation, and acid attacks.

The Gender and Space Project intended to explore ways by which women experience public spaces on a daily basis, accessing them, devising strategies to ensure safety and to avoid risk, and thereby transforming the very nature of urban life in the process.

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women empowerment
such projects and initiatives are a must for upliftment of society in today's scenario
Posted By : Amrita Yadav on 24 February 2012