Three attend Safe Cities Global Forum in Mexico

Sanap Wantaim Campaign representatives; Ahiat Enoch, Bronwyn Kili and Jeanthy Frank from NCDC are at the Safe Cities Global Forum that is currently being held in Mexico City.

From February 22 to 25, more than 200 urban experts and community leaders from all continents including Port Moresby will gather in Mexico City to share evidence-based approaches, tools and best practices to make urban public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls. 

This platform provides participating cities a unique opportunity to exchange lessons learnt, good practices and build strong partnerships.

The three-day “Safe, Empowering and Sustainable City Approaches in Action for Women and Girls” event began yesterday at the Interactive Museum of Economy and will continue on today and tomorrow.

The third biennial Global Forum on Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces provides a platform exclusively focusing on safety of women and girls in urban spaces. Over the next three days, it will facilitate the sharing of first-hand knowledge among practitioners towards comprehensive, multi-sectoral and human rights-based approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.

It will also produce a Global Commitment to Action.

Making cities safe, empowering and sustainable for women and girls is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all countries (specifically SDGs 4,5,11, and 16).

In order to achieve gender equality by 2030, it is imperative that our urban spaces, a critical vehicle of growth and development, do not leave behind women and girls.

Mexico City is one of the 20 cities around the world participating in UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Flagship Program Initiative.

Representatives of the multidisciplinary teams are implementing their local flagship programmes including grassroots women, municipal authorities, researchers, media representatives, private sector, in addition to global networks specializing on women’s safety will be participating in the Global Forum.

The trip is sponsored by the UN Women for the opportunity for our young people to wave the flag not only nationally but globally.

Annette Kora