Women and men do not use cities the same way. Women are still the primary caretakers of children, elders and domestic chores, in addition to their responsibilities outside the home, as employees and students. As a result, they must often develop coping strategies, conforming their gender identities to social standards and avoid the risk of assault. They are taught to be careful, to be afraid, especially at night. They are often denied the right to loiter, to practice sports, or simply to relax in their own cities.
Using exploratory walks in 25 cities across six continents to gather both qualitative and quantitative data regarding the experiences of women in public space, this report reveals the numerous, and sometimes unexpected, obstacles to the equal access and enjoyment of public spaces by women. However, it also offers a series of recommendations and best practices, many developed by women.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.