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Edmonton hosted world leaders and experts from October 16-19 on creating safe cities and safe public spaces for women and girls.

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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Forum Live Stream

Watch the Canadian forum on women and girls' safety in public spaces on day one of the global leaders' forum. Jay Pitter, author and placemaker from Toronto, Canada, delivers a powerful keynote address on urban design and safety through a gender lens.



About the Forum

Canadian Day of Knowledge and Expertise on Prevention
Canada’s Context 

Canadian Forum on Women and Girls Safety in Cities and Public Spaces: key trends, developments and achievements in addressing safe public spaces for women and girls

International Days of Knowledge and Practice Exchange
Safe Cities Programming on Intersectionality

Programming from the Margins: the case of safe cities free of violence against women and girls programmes, in helping to implement the principle of Leave No one Behind of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Safe Transportation

Localization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda: a focus on creating safe and sustainable transportation for women and girls.

Thank You To UN Women's Global Donor Partners

UN Women's Global Donor Partner Logos

Thank You To Our Platinum Sponsors

Safe Cities Global Forum Platinum Sponsors Logos

UN Women Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda

Ending violence against women is a key priority under the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (4, 5, 11 and 16). 

Catalytic Partnerships with municipalities, grassroots women and other community groups, UN agencies and other partners play a big role in achieving these goals. The New Urban Agenda helps to guide world leaders, organizations, community and citizens in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gender Based Violence Council Prevention Initiative

The City’s initiative aims to shape attitudes, start conversations and build awareness about preventing all forms of gender based violence in Edmonton.

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