It is Women’s Health Week and while many of us would look at the mainstream treatments and medicine there is one incredible woman out there who is looking at ways to create safe cities for women through art, design and architecture.

Understanding the patterns that exclude women from areas of cities and not deferring to the usual responses – brighter lighting, more CCTV cameras and more authority figures – is vital for gender-sensitive spaces.

We know that creating safer cities for women requires one fundamental shift: that we listen to women’s voices. We need to develop urban strategies and planning policies that draw on women’s experience and expertise as users of city spaces.

Listen to Dr Nicole Kalms full conversation with Leah below.