Seminar “Is a gender-differentiated approach relevant in terms of urban safety?”, Frankfurt, 1999
The Frankfurt seminar, together with the action research of Efus, form part of the international desire to guarantee a safer environment for women and the children for whom they are responsible. Efus’ research action on the issue dates from 1998 when, in the framework of the Daphné Programme and with the support of the European Union, Efus took into account the real-life experiences of women in every new project/programme/policy related to preventing insecurity and risk management.
Efus proposed its own specific procedure: an approach based on cities, on the spaces within the cities and on the experiences of the people and groups in these spaces. Efus also made a tool for investigating and feeding-back information related to the situation of women who face urban insecurity available to the NGOs. The procedure was based on three steps:
– gathering the statistical information on women and insecurity that is already available from the various public organisations (local authorities, police, justice, health services)
– organising “exploratory walks” in some spaces of the city that women judged as unsafe in order to find out the causes of real, symbolic or potential insecurity
– organising semi-directive interviews and/or discussion groups with a sample of women.
The results of the seminar in Francfurt (30/09/99) are available in the Efus publication: EFUS, “SecuCities Women: Is a gender-differentiated approach relevant in terms of urban safety?”, Cesson-Sévigné, 2000
NGOs participants: IFAFE – Arcueil, Hammersmith Women’s Aid – Hammersmith & Fulham, Casa delle donne per non subire violenza – Bologna, Fundacio Maria Aurelia Capmany – Barcelona, Associação de Mulheres contra a violência – Lisbon, Ökumesnische Asiengruppe – Frankfurt.