the wake of the notorious gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, and
in the run-up to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York,
4-15 March 2013, a series of articles focused on how we can
eliminate violence against women and girls in our cities, produced
in collaboration with the Huairou Commission.
Huairou Commission is a global membership and partnership coalition
that empowers grassroots women's organisations to enhance their
community development practice and to exercise collective political
power at the global level.
These articles draw from the experiences of its members, as well as
those of The Global Urbanist's network of writers.
Elizabeth L. Sweet talks to three grassroots leaders in Lima who explain how violence against women is on the rise in Peru, and the techniques they use to address it.
Faranak Miraftab gives the floor to members of DAMPA, a grassroots women's organisation with some rather sound strategies for raising awareness and sensitising police officers.
Patricia Chaves and Suzana Maranhão demonstrate how easily institutions can oppress the communities they should be protecting.
Jacqueline Leavitt meets with women taxi drivers in San Francisco and Chicago to learn how they deal with safety risks on the public streets
Pallavi Shrivastava reflects on how the threat of violence forces women not only to change our movements but also prevents us from enjoying our cities, and thus from helping to make them the cities we want them to be.
Mukta Naik describes how urbanists, activists and authorities have made the most of each others' expertise after recent crimes in Delhi and Gurgaon.
Pamela Ransom examines the work of the Sistren Theatre Collective, which uses street-based theatre to encourage communities to discuss the safety of their streets.
Today we launch a series of articles focused on how we can eliminate violence against women and girls in our cities, produced in collaboration with the Huairou Commission.