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A Gender Perspective About Territories of 'Intentional At-Risk'. A Quest for the Right to the City.

Authors: Erica Ferrer*, Universidade De Brasília, Fernando Luiz Araujo Sobrinho, Universidade de Brasilia, Margarida Queirós, Universidade de Lisboa
Topics: Gender, Women, South America
Keywords: Feminist Geographies, gender, space, territory
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 1:45 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Virtual Track 8
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The city and its public spaces have been made and planned using mostly a male perspective, or at least, with a gender-blind perspective mainly since the Charter of Athens. Recently, feminist geographers and planners began to criticise the 20th century planning process, recognising the need to address some modernist assumptions about the city and assume in the planning process, the specific needs of less disadvantaged people, in particular women. When distributing infrastructures "for all", public policies create some territories that are safer for women than others (assuming that the same is equivalent to equal). In urban planning and territorial development processes, the State creates (or allows the development of) some spaces with more and better infrastructure than others, resulting in a lack of public services in certain urban spaces. Thus the presence or the lack of state provision can (un)intentionally create 'at-risk' territories, and the 'intentionality' expresses itself through the lack of action on behalf of the government and its public policies. Through these lens, violence can be expressed at different levels and creating unsafe spaces.

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