Spotted in Cities

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Women figure used for Green lights

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In the capital of New Zealand, when one crosses the street in downtown area, he/she can see a women figure (instead of a men) letting him/her know it is safe to do so. The mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, explained to us that they wanted to change the way signalization lights were made in the [...]

Playground open and light at night

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In most cities parks close with the sunset. But what to do with your children, especially if you live in a city where it is dark early and you live in a small apartment ? The city of Malmo found the solution by incorporating lighting components in children's games. So kids can still have fun [...]

Teaching girls to fix their bikes

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Biking culture, in some cities, is still mostly dominated by males. So how to encourage more young girls to ride? In the city of Baltimore the BYKE (Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy) collective is teaching youth how to repair their bicycles and bike safely through empowerment and community building processes. One of the co-founder, Chavi explained [...]

Teaching self-defense (Jiu Jitsu) to women victim of violence

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The AXIS Jiu Jitsu academy based in Yokohama, is offering free "Gracie Jiu Jitsu" classes to women victim or survivor of violence. Jiu Jitsu martial art is particularly adapted to women's need as it is practiced on the floor, using specific technics which do not necessary require strong force. The practice of Martial Arts, Self [...]

Fixing broken sidewalks with arts to improve mobility

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Severely broken sidewalks are dangerous for anyone walking in the streets. But even more dangerous for women wearing high heels, citizens with reduced mobility and the elderly. And let's not talk about parents moving around their children with strollers! In some context like Montevideo or Rosario, where broken sidewalks are numerous, and where it seems [...]

Encouraging young girls to skate

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During our exploratory walk in Malmö, we discovered an amazing initiative at the Bryggeriet's skate park. In her gigantic skate park, Andrea Andersson Antunes, is opening the doors to girls only every monday evening (6 to 9 pm)! This initiative is to encourage young girls to skate. By providing them a "safe" space, girls feel [...]

Empowering women and education men through murals

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The NGO Safe City Pin the Creeps, is at the initiative of the this amazing project mixing digital technology, art and youth participation. The project is divided in 3 steps; "Pin the creeps" using a mobile app Geo-localize where in the city women are being the most harassed. The women report on their phone the [...]

Walking at night to reclaim the streets

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After reading the amazing book Why Loiter "Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets" by  Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan & Shilpa Ranade, (explaining "the exclusions and negotiations that women from different classes and communities encounter in the nation's urban public spaces"), Neha Singh decided to act and take the matter into her hands. She decided to [...]

Using dance to promote the right to the city

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While walking on the streets of Kaifeng, one can see around 7pm hundreds of women coming down the streets to rehearse their choregraphy of "square dance". Every neighborhood has its own group. The teacher comes with a "boom box" and plays traditional or modern Chinese songs, and days after day the women repeat their choregraphy. [...]

Water Guns against street harassment

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While organizing an exploratory walk in Montevideo with the NGO OCAC, we met with Sol its the founder. She explained to us that street harassment was so common in the streets of Montevideo (capital of Uruguay) that she had to do something about it! They decided to equip themselves with water gun, to respond to [...]