What is a ‘city of women’? How can the male-orientated cities we’re familiar with today be changed? The sociologist and professor emeritus at the UAB, Marina Subirats, based the 11 September lecture on this topic.
The lectures are intended to provide visions of the future which probe what sort of city and country we want to pass on to future generations. The aim of commemorating the national day in a republican spirit means paying homage to people and groups who have helped keep alive the desire for greater equality and freedom. In addition, the venue is the Saló de Cent, evoking one of the institutions which was done away with following the defeat in 1714, the Consell de Cent.
Women and the city
Subirats, who was the Councillor for Education from 1999 to 2006, asserted that “at that time, the analysis of the city which we could make from a women’s perspective was very incipient. Now it’s much more advanced, even though possible solutions are still limited”.
To redress the situation, Subirats states that “if we want to establish authentic gender equality we need our traditional mandates of production and reproduction to be shared and taken into account when it comes to designing cities”.
The city envisaged by the sociologist is caring one, free and safe, with no areas of exclusion and with a greater symbolic presence of women in the streets. “But to help boost the imagination”, she concluded, “when it comes down to it we have to feel that one of us will be able to act as a goddess and create the conditions for changing Barcelona into the city we want”.