on Tue, January 8, 2013 at 03.21 pm
Theme 3: Social Inequality
What are the unique social inequalities that young people are faced with in today's urban world?
Cities are traditionally thought to offer its citizens better opportunities and access to services such as: healthcare, education, sanitation, and employment. Yet although urban populations may live in close proximity to services, a large portion of city-dwellers do not have access to safe and affordable schools, hospitals and medical centers, or even clean water and functional toilets. Discrimination due to socioeconomic status, geographic location, slum dwelling status, gender, race, ethnicity and disability reinforce barriers to accessing vital services in urban areas.
Many children in cities, often those living in informal settlements, are undocumented and therefore rendered invisible decision making: further exacerbating the vast social inequalities between urban populations. Children are exposed to higher rates of violence in marginalized urban areas, and are at an increased risk for mental and physical health complications and disease. Even technology can serve to widen social inequities, as many of the poorest urban children do not have access to this increasingly important asset.
What have been successful interventions in addressing social inequality in cities? How can we alleviate social barriers to acessing services in urban areas? What are some recommendations for lessening these vast social inequities?
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