Right now, in every city, in every country, women can’t go to work or university, use the bus – simply live their lives – without the threat of sexual attack. Often they’re even blamed for being attacked or harassed. And it’s much worse for women living in poverty, who don’t have the means to find safe living conditions, bring their attackers to justice, or simply access refuges and hospitals safely. Women have their right to come and go in their cities violated.
It’s time for each and every one of us to speak out against sexual abuse and harassment. We need to demand governments, local authorities and public services providers to take action to promote safe cities for women! And to strengthen this call, people and organisations from 17 countries have joined up to campaign, lobby, and take action together, to create Safe Cities for Women.
Find out more from ActionAid in: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, DRC, Ehtiopia, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, UK, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Or you can read more about the background of our campaign.