Design by Urban Matter, Inc.
Woman and Social Spaces was the title of the panel that was held in the BMW Guggenheim Lab which is open in Mumbai through January 20, 2013. The lab is an open think tank for urban development, a community center and a public gathering space. The mobile lab has already made its way through New York in 2011 and Berlin in 2012. Given the precarious relationship of Indian cities and women, the lab is a conducive and safe space to talk about women and social spaces. This interactive women only event talked about women’s comfort, safety and self expression in the metropolis. The event was hosted by Jasmeen Patheja of Blank Noise, an action collective focused on ending ‘eve teasing’ and sexual violence.
This event echoes the another event we covered at Studio X Mumbai around the book ‘Why Loiter Now‘. The book was jointly written by ShilpaPhadke an assistant professor at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Shilpa Ranade architect and partner at DCOOP in Mumbai. The book chronicles years of meticulous research that attempts to understand how women from different communities, classes and minority groups in Mumbai have limited access to public space and often do not feel safe or comfortable in the public realm.
We are working on an article around the surge of violence against women in Indian cities and will be sharing that soon.