Letter from the Editors
Happy Birthday, WAF!
Welcome to our third anniversary issue, which we devote to feminist urbanism, the movement to make cities safer, more inclusive and women-friendly, and to increase women’s engagement in urban planning and design.
With two-thirds of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by the year 2050, designing cities that are both sustainable and meet the needs of their diverse populations has taken on particular urgency. The principle that every urban resident has a “right to the city” lies at the heart of feminist urbanism and has inspired the work of countless activists, a few of whom are featured in this issue.
Also, read our review of “Ask for Jane,” a film about an underground collective in Chicago helping women receive safe abortions in the days before Roe v. Wade. The film not only illustrates the need for safe access to abortion, but that “if abortion is unavailable, women will find a way,” as said by Cait Cortelyou, actress and activist who stars in the movie.
The WAF team
-Sara Ortiz from Col·lectiu Punt 6 discusses how this cooperative of women architects, sociologists and urban planners is working toward making Barcelona a more feminist city.
-Susannah Birkwood’s photo story celebrates the brave girls in Cairo who fight back against street harassers with karate training from Safer Cities.
-Kalpana Viswanath writes about SafetiPin, a map-based app that helps users in Indian cities navigate the streets more safely.
-Kathryn Travers from Safer Cities discusses how women activists made Montreal a safer and more inclusive city.
-Alexandra Rodriguez Dueñas introduces AGRUPAR, a revolutionary urban farming program in Quito, Ecuador, where 70 percent of participants are women.
-Journalists Dominic Kirui writes about Nairobi’s Gender Defenders in the city’s slums.
–‘It sits in your soul’: Professor Barbara Barnett describes the findings of her interviews with female journalists who cover violence.
-Jesus Casado reviews “Women of the Venezuelan chaos,” a 2017 documentary by filmmaker Margarita Cadenas, that examines the country’s economic crisis through the eyes of five Venezuelan women.