Are public spaces safe for women and girls where you live? What can be done to make them safer? This Friday (October 25) is Orange Day, and the UNiTE Campaign is drawing attention to a problem that has persisted for too long, and has few laws or policies in place to address it – violence against women and girls in public spaces.
Sexual harassment and other forms of violence happen on the streets, in public transportation and parks, in and around schools or work places. It is a daily reality for many women and girls around the world. Countless incidents go unreported and unaddressed.
Launched in 2010 by UN Women, and building upon efforts undertaken by women’s rights organizations and local governments, the Safe Cities Global Initiative, involving over 15 cities, is working to make cities safer for women and girls.
You can visit Say NO – UNiTE’s website to learn how you can take action and organize events on the 25th. We also want you to share your support of Orange Day on social media sites. UNiTE’s website also offers sample Twitter and Facebook messages you can post to highlight the imporance of safe public spaces for women and girls!