On 20th May, ActionAid and its partners celebrated the Global Safe Cities for Women Day. This date marked the first anniversary of our safe cities for women campaign. AAI DRC participated in this celebration.
The staff changed their profile pictures to demand safe cities for women to get others’ engagement and call them to join forces with ActionAid and take action.
The staff at the national headquarters met to speak about Safe Cities for Women and to share messages in support of safe cities with the hashtag #safecitiesbecause. The main messages demand policies to end violence against women in public spaces and promote gender responsive public services.
As this great campaign had an active online presence, AAIDRC also participed with full enthusiasm in the tweetathon to raise awareness and advocate to Congolese authorities and public services providers to get them committed to ending violence against women in public spaces.
That day was, for 17 countries in total, an important moment to celebrate our main achievements during this period. In one year, ActionAid was really able to mobilize thousands of people in 19 countries with some successes. In Brazil, the City of Sao Paolo agreed to a lighting revitalization plan in the city with LED lamps; in Bangladesh, the Dhaka City Corporation development plan incorporated the provision of gender-responsive public toilets.