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Gendered urban spaces and security 
Marjoke Oosterom (Institute of Development Studies)
Sohela Nazneen (Institute of Development Studiesies, University of Sussex)
Gender & generation
Thursday 7 July, 11:00-11:40 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

Urban space and security are deeply gendered. Women live in and move through the city, but not without risk to their bodily safety as sexual harassment and violence are widespread. Presentations will address dynamics of sexual violence and harassment and women's agency to negotiate these.

Long Abstract

Urban space is gendered. Women move through the city to work, perform tasks and for leisure - but not without risk to their bodily safety and integrity. Forms of sexual harassment and violence are pervasive and widespread and impact women's health, freedom, productivity, and life opportunities. Young and migrant women, informal workers and those belonging to minority groups, tend to extra vulnerable to sexual violence and harassment. Sustained migration to cities, expanding settlements and growing informal economies are likely to aggravate the gendered insecurities of urban spaces. Faced with weak police and justice institutions, women often need to rely on informal mechanisms to avoid, cope and act on (sexual) violence and harassment. Papers in this panel will address both the material and socio-political driving factors that create vulnerability to sexual harassment and violence - as well as women's agency in negotiating and redressing these.

We invite presentations based on empirical research.

Panellists will upload pre-recorded presentations and watch other presentations in advance of the conference. Convenors will send guiding questions to prepare in advance of the conference to enhance coherence of the discussion, focusing on commonalities and differences across contexts.

The convenors will moderate the discussion. Each presenter will give a 3 minute pitch summarising their key findings and argument (max. of 2 slides allowed) and another 2min in which they address one of the key questions from the convenors. After this, the discussion will be open to the audience.

Accepted papers: