Urban Public Spaces and Women’s Safety: A Participatory Approach of Saqqez Streets, Iran

Document Type : Methodologies


1 Associated Professor of Geography and Urban Planning, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate of Geography & Urban Planning, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad & Ph.D. visitor of Roma Tre University, Italy.

3 Ph.D. Student of Geography and Urban Planning, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.


In recent years many transformations have occurred in Iranian society and women and girls still have a lot of worries about comes to urban public spaces. Also, due to some ambiguities in defining the domain of public space in traditional Islamic cities and gaps in the knowledge related to the Kurdish cities, the main problem of this paper is how we can define a participatory approach to improvement of women’s safety in the urban public spaces of Saqqez city. This paper will examine the women’s participation role in the urban spaces safety by Participatory Urban Appraisal (PUA) model in south and north Imam Avenue, Republic Street and Quds avenue of Saqqez city.Applied methodology is based on librarian, documents and field studies. Statistical society of current research was including 200 citizens, experts and urban officials. In order to, sampling method is simple random sampling. Morgan's sample size estimation table was used to determine size of samples. Finally, Data’s were analyzed through SPSS and Excel software’s. It is presented some solve ways in the framework of SWOT strategy. Results showed that the index of city street furniture in Republic street with providing more favorable conditions of women's satisfaction with 29% of the Quds street, south Imam Khomeini street with 18% and 12% were in north Imam Khomeini street. Other indicators also had a similar situation. Finally, presented some solve ways using SWOT model.


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