Historically and contemporaneously, women's needs and vulnerabilities have been all too inadequately theorised and understood in modern urban planning, leaving women exposed to brutal and hostile environments in cities. Many feminist urban planners in the West have argued for some time that the purportedly secular modernist city planning is actually reinforced by patriarchal religious ideologies that reflected masculine realities and disallowed feminine realities. In India, these concerns become intensified as most of the megacities and a growing number of the medium-sized cities rate as among the most dangerous cities for women in the world. 'Sustainable cities' and 'sustainable urban development' have begun to emerge as important planning paradigms in India with an aim to be gender-inclusive; however they too steadfastly avoid analysing religion as a category of analysis. Using women's perspectives from the city of Jaipur in India, I show how Hindu religion for instance can impact women's right to mobility which in turn can further determine their right to employment, education, and safety. Unless secular planning is able to creatively address the religion factor in conceptualising sustainable urban development, Indian urban policy can actually become complicit in limiting women's rights to the city.
Prestigious Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships (VIDS) will award AUD$90,000 to international scholars from India to pursue research at a university in Victoria, Australia in 2015. To be eligible you must be accepted into a doctoral program at a Victorian university. Contact your university in Victoria for further information about scholarships for doctoral students.
Applications for the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) 2015 are now open. The AIYD is a youth-driven bilateral conference held over 4 days. The fourth AIYD will be hosted in Australia from 26 – 29 January 2015, in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.
Building on the work that was originally funded by grants given by the Australia India Institute, People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization, is an international educational program. The exhibition documents community-driven projects that share a common goal: the promotion of inclusive urbanization through innovations in participatory design and planning. PBBC is currently available in English, Spanish, French , Portuguese, Hindi and Chinese.