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Webinar: Public Spaces and Mobility in Tio'tià:ke/Montreal Island

The June 09, 2021 at 13:00

How can we feel safer and use the principles of universal design to move freely and use parks, public squares, streets, public transit, and bike paths?

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The possibility to move freely is one of the prerequisites for taking advantage of all the opportunities of city life, allowing for access to employment, services, recreation, culture, and study. Mobility and the use of public spaces by women are restricted, however, by urban planning, fees, and by dynamics which reduce accessibility and lead to a feeling of insecurity. Throughout the past few years, public spaces have been reimagined through a narrow vision of security which includes, for instance, the removal of benches, the addition of music and security cameras, and the appearance of patrols whose job is to chase away people who “make others feel unsafe”, namely young people, racialized people and unhoused people. In this panel, we will discuss alternatives to these measures, which contribute to marginalization and exclusion. 

The webinar will open with a panel that will introduce concrete actions so that all women, especially those who live at the intersection of many oppressions, can circulate freely and use parks, public spaces, streets, public transit, and bike paths. The panel will be followed by a discussion workshop to identify the main obstacles, opportunities for demands and actions to be taken as feminists for a more inclusive city.

Duration: 2 hours

 

Panelists

  • Audrey Simard from Centre d’éducation et d’action des femmes de Montréal (“Montreal Women’s Education and Action Centre”)
  • Selma Kouidri from the Institut National pour l'Équité, l'Égalité et l'Inclusion des personnes en situation de handicap (“Quebec Institute for Equity, Equality and Inclusion of Disabled People”)
  • Kathryn Travers from Concertation Montréal
  • Jessica Quijano from the Native Women’s Shelter

 

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