Make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls (October 25)

Saturday, October 25, is Orange Day, and UN Women would like you to take action!

October’s focus is on safe and empowering public places with and for women and girls.  Sexual harassment and sexual violence in public spaces – on the streets, on public transport, in parks, in schools, in the workplace, etc. – is an everyday reality for women and girls around the world.  There are few laws in place that actually address this issue and punish offenders.

This Saturday, you can take action to shed light on the issue.  UN Women offers some specific actions:

  • Organize a discussion with members of your community on the opportunities that safe and empowering public spaces with and for women and girls can bring.  Talk about how the issues that can affect women and girls’ rights to public spaces can be addressed in partnership with local groups, such as municipal governments, grassroots organizations, youth, media, research organizations, and others.
  • Share information with your municipality on tools and strategies that can make public spaces gender sensitive and safe for all.  UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Initiative is a great resource for these strategies!
  • Share your messages for ending violence against women and girls in public places at and at

Be sure to download a copy of UN Women’s press release detailing the messages and actions you can take on October 25.  On this upcoming Orange Day, prioritize making public spaces safer for women and girls!


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