Second International Conference on Safer Cities for Women and Girls
22-25 November in Bogotá, Colombia.
This is the second conference in a series, which began in 2002 with the success
of The First International Seminar on Women’s Safety – Making
the Links when the Montreal
Declaration on Women’s Safety was agreed upon. Previous
conferences of UN-HABITAT’s Safer Cities International Programme,
held in Istanbul, Beijing, Naples, and Johannesburg, discussed the subjects
of crime prevention, cities, security, and women. Montreal was the first to
link them all together.
To deepen understanding and communicate the links between violence in public
spaces and in domestic settings, (women experience the majority of domestic
violence and sexual assaults), the Second International Conference on Safer
Cities for Women and Girls draws upon the expertise of stakeholders from local,
regional, and international networks. It builds upon the first International
Conference, held in Montreal, Canada.
Partner organisations represent civil society, academia, gender experts, urban
planners, NGOs, police force, governmental representatives from the national
and municipal levels, and organizers of international women’s networks,
and are actively supported by UN-HABITAT, UNDP, and UNIFEM.
It is our hope that as many representatives of grassroots and NGO organisations,
as well as local authorities and public officials, from Africa, Asia and Latin
America and the Caribbean, will participate in this important event. Together
they will present and discuss many topics. These include the global problem
of violence against women and children, strategies of mobilization to empower
girls and women, the role of cities in promoting gender equality, violence prevention
techniques in education systems, public spaces, and workplaces, the symbolic
language of violence, gender roles among couples and as a family, as well as
tools and campaigns to promote successful initiatives.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the announcement of the international
winners of the Women's Safety Awards 2004 by Femmes
et villes International.