"I want my daughter to grow up having seen the positive change that has come to our city as a result of this work. I’m proud Edmonton is host to world leaders and experts in a conversation that will hold us accountable and create significant, meaningful change for the safety of women and girls in our city."
- Mayor Don Iveson
Mayors are invited to state their commitments to leading and supporting on-the-ground change for the empowerment of women and girls. They can increase and renew commitments to implement the Sustainable Development Goals with links to the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces flagship initiatives they lead, and encourage new commitments which serve to eliminate gender inequality and discrimination against women and girls.
These commitments can be to:
- Commit funds (including gender budgeting)
- Revise laws and policies
- Embed gender based tools and practices in municipal action plans
- Enhance women’s leadership/participation in decision-making
- Build partnerships for safe, sustainable city approaches
- Communicate locally and nationally the important role cities play in creating and sustaining safe cities and safe public spaces for women and girls
- Create, strengthen or develop relationships with other safe cities in Canada and globally