Community Development in a Global Context: Gender-Aware Planning in African Cities
In 2012, Charisma Acey -- an Assistant Professor for city and regional planning at the School of Architecture in Ohio State University -- delivered a great webinar on "Gender-Aware Planning in African Cities".
In Acey's presentation, she covers the services and infrastructure (water, sewage & sanitation, housing, energy, roads, health & education), or lack thereof, available to women in many African cities.
The information she provides is invaluable and, definitely, an eye opener. Her talk reveals the barriers, dimensions, and complexities that make planning gender-equal spaces difficult. Acey also provides good case studies.
The question that Acey's webinar raises for me is
how and where can low-income cities/urban communities find the resources to build the basic infrastructure needed to construct a space that empowers women? Especially in situations where the government does not care.