Gendering urban planning
Public places – such as parks, squares or boulevards – are widely perceived as symbols of democratic participation and freedom. They should ensure equal access to every citizen. In today’s multicultural, heterogeneous cities and communities public places are also locations, where cultural and social difference and diversity can be experienced at first hand.
A line of belief points out that public space has never been ‘democratic’ drawing attention that democratic inclusion in public space The sharp distinction between the public and the private sphere, constructing the public as male sphere and assigning women to the private sphere that was established in western societies during the 19th century has had significant but often neglected effects for female persons’ feelings of comfort and their freedom to move in public spaces until the present day.
Analysing in a systematic way the contest which is the target of a requalification design from a gender point of view is very important and represents the starting point for the integration of gender approach in policies, programmes, projects and public services , but too rarely this condition is required in committing studies or planning activities.
There is need to focus on gender sensitive planning issues and to suggest for the solution in this sphere.