The City of Edmonton and UN Women (the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women) co-hosted the fourth Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders’ Forum from October 16 to 19, 2018, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Republic of Korea. The Forum looked at practical ways to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls and advance action on women and girls’ safety in public spaces in Edmonton and across the world.
The theme of the Forum was Leadership and Catalytic Partnerships to Implement and Build to Scale Integrated Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programmes for All Women and Girls. The Forum explored innovative and visionary ways to change the conversations, engagement and response in order to end sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in our cities.
Around 280 leaders and experts from more than 25 countries gathered in Edmonton to share and discuss human rights and evidence-based approaches, leading practices and tools to make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls. Participants at the Forum were from participating cities in UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Flagship Initiative.
Edmonton was the second city in Canada to join the UN Women Global Flagship initiative and the fourth city to host the Global Forum after Cairo in 2011, New Delhi, India in 2015 and Mexico City in 2017.
Hosting this Forum demonstrated our unwavering commitment to gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending sexual violence and other forms of gender based violence. The Forum is an important part of Edmonton’s Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention work.
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