The City of Edmonton is the second Canadian city to become a partner city for the United Nations Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative. Through partnership with the Government of Alberta, Edmonton will learn from cities around the globe to support the development of innovative local strategies to address and prevent sexual violence.
The UN Safe Cities program, which launched in November 2010, is the first global initiative that supports cities in developing approaches to the prevention of and response to sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. Edmonton is one of the few cities in North America to join the program.
Edmonton has joined the UN’s program in response to recommendations made by community groups and as part of the work being done by the City of Edmonton’s Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative.
All participating cities in the UN program are committed to developing and implementing comprehensive laws and policies to prevent and respond to sexual violence in public places; invest in the safety and economic viability of public spaces; and change attitudes and behaviours to promote women’s and girls’ rights to enjoy public spaces free from violence.
The City will identify an administrative liaison who will work collaboratively with key contacts in the provincial government and UN Women and will be responsible for all aspects of program development and implementation, as well as communication and reporting to UN Women.
City of Edmonton Gender Based Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative
The City of Edmonton’s Gender Based Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention Council Initiative is dedicated to ending gender-based violence and sexual assaults in Edmonton within a generation. The City is working with community partners to encourage Edmontonians to help shift harmful social norms and attitudes. The City is taking action against violence to ensure Edmonton is a safe, connected city for all.
Did you know?
- Canadian statistics report that 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime
- Indigenous women are 3.5 times as likely to be victims of violence compared to non-Indigenous women
- Hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community are the most severe forms of hate crimes in Canada