If you’re a woman or non-binary person you might feel uncomfortable travelling through dimly lit public spaces at night. Perhaps you’re a mum who struggles to use narrow pavements when you’re pushing a stroller or someone who needs access to a public toilet more frequently.
Some needs are gendered and, the way cities are currently designed, some women and non-binary people feel they don’t really cater to them – a 2021 report found that many people who identify with this group find public spaces unsafe. Which is why Glasgow in Scotland now plans to become the first ‘feminist city’ in the UK.
On October 27, Glasgow City Council unanimously voted in favour of this motion, advocating for ‘feminist urbanism’ – the idea that women should be at the heart of city planning decisions.
The main features of a ‘feminist city’ include more street lights, proximity to services, walkability, more accessible toilets, bigger pavements and open green spaces: all things that everyone can enjoy.
Green councillor Holly Bruce, who pushed for the motion, said: ‘These factors aren’t only important for women, they are key considerations for creating a healthier, more liveable city for all, with positive impacts in terms of physical and mental wellbeing and air quality.’
Glasgow City Council is now asking citizens about what measures they’d like to see put in place first. It comes after Scotland became the first country in the world to offer free period products to all. Why don’t we all just move up there, eh?