Medellin joins the Safe Cities Global Initiative

Medellin has become the sixth city in Latin America and the Caribbean to join UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015

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The Women Affairs Secretary of Medellin, receives from Belén Sanz, UN Women Representative, the official acknowledgement of Medellin as one of the world’s Safe Cities for Women and Girlst
The city of Medellin is now part of the Safe Cities Global Initiative, the first-ever global comparative programme that develops, implements, and evaluates tools, policies and comprehensive approaches on the prevention of, and response to, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls across different settings.

As a Safe City, the city of Medellin will work with UN Women to strengthen public safety of women by implementing initiatives and policies to prevent and efficiently respond to sexual harassment and other forms of violence in public spaces.

The Safe Cities Global Initiative has generated a number of results through partnerships with mayors’ offices, national governments, women’s groups and other partners. It is the first-ever global comparative programme that develops, implements, and evaluates comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public areas.

The city of Medellin has already implemented specific actions to tackle violence against women and girls in public spaces, such as the creation of the Public Safety Council for Women, the 123 Metro Line especially for women, and the incorporation of a gender mainstreaming focus on the city’s zoning plan, among other.

More about the Safe Cities Global Initiative.

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