What the group concluded was that protective measures were a priority. “We discussed safety a lot,” Hamdan said. “Me and my friends feel scared to leave the house alone. The threat of sexual assault is too much.” (Around 51% of women in Gaza are victims of gender-based violence.) They needed lighting, fencing, security (including a guard), and a separate area for women and families. “The fence was my input,” Ghada said.
In Gaza, citizens are imagining what public spaces could be, and then actually building them.
Lauren Kelly reports on the use of Minecraft as a tool for rethinking spaces. What was interesting was the fact that Minecraft was used to bring people together collaboratively, which was seemingly more important than the limitations of the block-based designs.