Women and Children

This domain falls under the vulnerable cluster which is represented by women, children and the aging. Vulnerability, which refers to the inability of people to cope with or adapt to the impact of multiple stressors is a common phenomenon among women and children.

This is not a new area of concern because the issue of vulnerability have been discussed to different depths by various authors and organisations (see Desai & Mahadevia, 2018; UN-Habitat, 2015; Legacy et al, 2013). Issues at stake under this domain relate to safety, protection and access to services. Jagori (2009) argues that the city is not sensitive to gender issues especially those that relate to sexual abuse of women both in public and private spaces. South Africa, which is labelled the “rape capital of the world” cannot have a gender inclusive city when issues of fear and safety stalks its streets.

It is against this background that the NDP Vision 2030 captures this perception by advocating that by 2030, people living in South Africa should feel safe at home, at school and at work, and they should enjoy a community life free of fear, walk freely in the streets and the children should play safely outside. This acknowledgement by the government calls for interrogation of inclusivity of women and children in South African cities.Issues at stake under this domain relate to safety, protection and access to services.