How our cities could be safer for women and girls

Future Cape Town asked seven young female urbanists how safety in cities can be improved for women and girls. This follows the announcement by the City of Cape Town in 2014 that it would be joining the United Nations Women Safe Cities Global Initiative, which is designed to assist local authorities in making cities safer for women and girls.

“The City of Cape Town is aware of the close association between safe public spaces and the economic, social, political and cultural success of women. Crime and fear of crime, violence and sexual harassment can at times inhibit women and girls from fully using public spaces and transport. This has a profound impact on mobility and, in turn, the integration of women into society and the workforce.”  Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille

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