Access to the city is not equal for men and women. This is because the activities carried out by men and women are socially different: they are mainly responsible for housework, going to the market, helping the elderly, picking up and dropping off children at school, taking care of the family's health, which means they use public transport more and walk more. In addition, they experience harassment and various forms of violence on the streets, suffering more insecurity than men. 
 
We live in androcentric cities: from the icons that illustrate signs and traffic lights to the names of streets and squares (Mapbox mapped 7 world metropolises and found that only 27.5% of street names are by women), various "details" shape the way we perceive public space and the role of women in history and show that cities are built on the needs of men.
 
The ELAS Fund is attentive to these issues and has sought to discuss the topic and support projects in the area of mobility and gender. At the Dialogue Building Movements, promoted by ELAS, mobility was one of the main themes with the "Dialogues on Women's Rights to the City, Mobility and Violence", which included the participation of experts and activists who have developed research and projects in the area.
 
"Urban mobility plans are made with the idea that transportation is neutral. But people who research this subject know that they can't be neutral, because the types of journeys that are made throughout the day are different," explained Clarisse Linke, from ITDP Brasil, at the Dialogue Building Movements.
 
Marielle Franco, a specialist in the right to the city, pointed out in the debate that women's right to move around the city is limited. "We need to have a debate about whether the favela is a city, in other words, what it's like to be a transgender woman, a lesbian woman, a homosexual, a bisexual within the favela and what your transition is like in the city," said Marielle. "We live as women in this city in a different way, which demands different responses that go beyond, for example, public lighting, common and strategic interests and the debate on blackness," she added. 
 
Many of these problems are also due to the fact that decisions on urban development are made by men. We need more women in urban planning, architecture and the development of public policies for urban space.
 
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