When we think about how to craft spaces that are empowering and safe for women, it makes sense to look at conditions neccessary for these spaces to successfully transform into places.
In his book the Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, William Whyte writes about how public spaces contribute fundamentally to the quality of life of individuals and society. When we think about how to create physical places that facilitate positive interactions and grow strong communities, the place diagram tool offers much insight.
If structure does in fact dictates behavior, perhaps if we focus more on create spaces that meet the criteria of a "successful place" we will be closer to crafting safer urban areas. The question then becomes, what do these criteria of successful places actually look like to women in low income rural areas? For example, one of the criteria of a successful place, as outlined by the Project for public space, is "sociability". What does sociability mean for women and how can we best facilitate that to drive safety?