In 2016, Edmonton became the second city in Canada to join the United Nations Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative to make urban public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls.
The global initiative supports innovative approaches to preventing and addressing sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.
In 2017, Edmonton completed a Safe City study on sexual violence in our city. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, we learned what forms of sexual violence happen most often, where the violence is occurring and who are most often the victims of this violence. The full report is available upon request.
A Community Collaboration Committee, co-chaired by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Status of Women, will work with partners and stakeholders on an action plan to advance the recommendations from the initial Safe City study. The plan is expected to be released in early 2019.
Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative
The City’s Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Council Initiative is dedicated to ending gender-based violence and sexual assaults in Edmonton. In 2017, Leger engaged 600 Edmontonians through telephone interviews to understand their perspectives on sexual and gender based violence. The research findings show there are opportunities to increase awareness and understanding on these issues which will be used to further develop the initiative.
To shift harmful social norms and attitudes about gender based and sexual violence, the City launched the ‘it’s time’ campaign. Visit itstimeyeg.ca to learn more about ending gender based violence and sexual assault in Edmonton.