As the world focused on women’s rights and status on International Women’s Day earlier this month, WomenStrong launched our new campaign
CitiesForWomen, focusing on the ways in which urban infrastructure exacerbates violence against women. The stories we’re highlighting this month feature women and girls fighting for their right to live in safer cities, designed with them in mind.
What Would a World Designed by Women Look Like?
For thousands of years, males have dominated the architectural industry, laying claim not only to the visual aesthetic of the skyline, but the usability and, more importantly, the safety of a city. Now, nearly 40 years after urban historian Dolores Hayden asked, “What Would a Non-Sexist City Be Like?”, we’re finally starting to find out, as women now make up more than 40 percent of architecture school graduates.
Women in Pakistan Dared to March — And Didn’t Care What Men Thought
Bina Shah, a writer living in Karachi, Pakistan, shared her experience of marching through the streets of Pakistan on International Women’s Day. Hundreds of women marched and spoke out for women’s rights and gender equality in this conservative Muslim country. As Shah noted, “the overriding intent was to raise the morale of Pakistani women.”
Climate change ‘impacts women more than men’
As the primary caregivers, water gatherers, and food providers, women in cities and rural areas alike are disproportionally affected by natural disasters, sea level rise, and drought. Furthermore, women are often not involved in the decisions made by policymakers as they respond to climate change, leaving them underrepresented and without vital resources. It’s high time we recognize the multiple adverse impacts of climate change on women.
Emma González on Why This Generation Needs Gun Control
Brave young women, like Parkland survivor and activist Emma González, join hands across America to reduce gun violence and save young lives. One of the most remarkable things about these students is how they’ve built coalitions with groups in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. González said, “…We stand in solidarity with those who have struggled before us, and we will fight alongside them moving forward to enact change and make life survivable for all young people.”
Shelters Have Saved Countless Afghan Women. So Why Are They Afraid?
The New York Times
The Afghan government recently proposed taking financial control of independently run shelters for abused women, raising concerns for anyone running such shelters. The proposed legislation would channel all donations for this purpose to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, leaving the male-dominated, husband-favoring government in control of how all such funds are distributed. If passed, this new law could put 1,000s of women in harm’s way.