Margaret Shaw is a sociologist and criminologist working as an independent consultant, and formerly Director of Analysis and Exchange at the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) in Montréal, Canada. She worked as a research and policy advisor in the Home Office, England, and in Canada, at Concordia University, and as a Research Consultant to the federal, provincial, and municipal governments on issues including women’s imprisonment, evaluation, restorative justice, and policing. For UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme, she worked on issues of youth at risk, and youth participation and urban governance.
Kassandra McCleery holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from McGill University. With a bachelor in International Relations and Diplomacy from Ohio State University, she approaches the challenges of urban development and governance from a global perspective. She has worked with Women and Cities International (WICI) in Montréal, Canada, and carried out a consultation for UN-Habitat’s “Safer Cities” program. Kassandra is especially interested in the intersection of climate change and gender in urban areas. Currently Kassandra is pursuing her planning career in Paris, France.
The experiences of women and girls in cities, and their use of the city and its public spaces, are strongly impacted by their gender. Violence and the threat of violence is a pervasive problem that affects communities and cities everywhere. In their two-part contribution, our authors Kathryn Travers, Margaret Shaw, and Kassandra McCleery analyse the gendered realities of urban space and how to make it safer and inclusive for all urban citizens.