New book! Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City

I haven’t read it yet–I just got the announcement–but this book looks just terrific. It’s available from Routledge. From the publisher’s release:

Building Inclusive Cities Women’s Safety and the Right to the City

Edited by Carolyn Whitzman, University of Melbourne, Australia, Crystal Legacy, University of New South Wales, Australia, Caroline Andrew, University of Ottawa, Canada, Fran Klodawsky, Carleton University, Canada, Margaret Shaw, Independent Consultant, Canada and Kalpana Viswanath, Women in Cities International, India

Building on a growing movement within developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific, as well as in Europe and North America, this book documents cutting edge practice and builds theory around a rights based approach to women’s safety in the context of poverty reduction and social inclusion. Drawing upon two decades of research and grassroots action on safer cities for women and everyone, this book is about the right to an inclusive city. The first part of the book describes the challenges that women face regarding access to essential services, housing security, liveability and mobility. The second part of the book critically examines programs, projects and ideas that are working to make cities safer. Building Inclusive Cities takes a cross-cultural learning perspective from action research occurring throughout the world and translates this research into theoretical conceptualizations to inform the literature on planning and urban management in both developing and developed countries. This book is intended to inspire both thought and action.