Creating Safety for Youth in a Gendered World

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)
RC32 Women in Society

Language: English

Safe public spaces are intricately linked to social divides created by multiple hierarchies. The social division of gender is a central one: young women typically report feeling greater levels of fear and unsafety in public spaces even when they are more likely to be exposed to gendered violence in private spaces.
This joint session explores the broad concept of youth safety from gendered violence in public spaces from institutional, interactional, and activist perspectives. In response to sexual assault on US college campuses and the streets of India, to on-line torment of feminist bloggers and to the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, feminists and youth studies researchers must contribute to theory and practice around creating safety for youth. 
This session integrates youth studies perspectives with gender/intersectional approaches to safe public spaces. The session will examine both theoretical interventions, such as decoupling perceptions of dangerousness and vulnerability from male/female bodies, as well as advocacy and policy interventions that seek to create strategies to promote safety for young people.
Session Organizers:
Darcie VANDEGRIFT, Drake University, Department for the Study of Culture & Society, USA and Anna-Britt COE, Umeå University, Sweden
Morther's Time-Use and Daughter Welfare: Implication for Developemnt
Mofoluwake AJAYI, Covenant University, Nigeria; Emmanuel AMOO, Covenant University, Nigeria; Adenike IDOWU, Covenant University, Nigeria; Oluyemi FAYOMI, Covenant University, Nigeria; Patrick EDEWOR, Covenant University, Nigeria
END-Trafficking: Research and Policies for Overcoming Sex Trafficking of Youth in Today's World.
Guiomar MERODIO, University of Barcelona, Spain; Lidia PUIGVERT, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Maria de los Angeles SERRANO, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
High School Youth's Fear of Crime in Turkey
Oguzcan KARAKAYA, Baskent University, Turkey
Beyond Spaces: Debunking the Public/Private Divide in Understanding Violence Against Women in India
Sreyashi GHOSH, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India, India
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