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No matter where you live, your experience holds clues to how we might make cities safer for women and girls in low-income urban areas.

Personal stories offer powerful insights. No matter where you live, your experience holds clues to how we might make cities safer for women and girls in low-income urban areas. Think about how the layout, density and diversity of your environment affects your daily life. What does your support network look like? How safe (or unsafe) do you feel most days – and why do you think that is? Contrast that with other cities you’ve visited or lived in, and explore the differences – the sky’s the limit!

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Parts of urban environments can feel unsafe at some times and safe at others. This boils down to myriad factors such as where the lights are working, who is hanging around in a certain cafe that day/week/month, which combinations of people have start

Parts of urban environments can feel unsafe at some times and safe at others. This boils down to myriad factors such as where the lights are working, who is hanging around in a certain cafe that day/week/month, which combinations of people have start

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There is a common pattern in all the events in the story in the image. 

The woman is NOT AWARE of her inner and physical strengths that she can put to use against any inappropriate action towards her. She is NOT AWARE of the stories of other women

There is a common pattern in all the events in the story in the image. The woman is NOT AWARE of her inner and physical strengths that she can put to use against any inappropriate action towards her. She is NOT AWARE of the stories of other women

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I am from Turkey and it is too common that women are subjected to violence by their husbands, fathers, mothers ,brothers, boyfriends. Sometimes it is about jealousy, sometime it is about doing something against religion or traditions, sometimes alcoh

I am from Turkey and it is too common that women are subjected to violence by their husbands, fathers, mothers ,brothers, boyfriends. Sometimes it is about jealousy, sometime it is about doing something against religion or traditions, sometimes alcoh

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After observing, capturing the stories of the problems of the community living near the pipeline of Dharavi, when their recycle workshops and homes were broken down, we shared their story and raised awareness.  But the community was not gaining anyth

After observing, capturing the stories of the problems of the community living near the pipeline of Dharavi, when their recycle workshops and homes were broken down, we shared their story and raised awareness. But the community was not gaining anyth

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The gender perception has been a hot topic and I am the lucky girl who personally experienced the trend. I will call it "Be your chief, women." The article talks about the sexual evolution in my country Taiwan.

The gender perception has been a hot topic and I am the lucky girl who personally experienced the trend. I will call it "Be your chief, women." The article talks about the sexual evolution in my country Taiwan.

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While it is important to address the safety of women in public spaces, many incidents of abuse and assault actually take place in environments that are assumed to be safe - homes, schools etc, and are perpetuated by people who are known to the victim

While it is important to address the safety of women in public spaces, many incidents of abuse and assault actually take place in environments that are assumed to be safe - homes, schools etc, and are perpetuated by people who are known to the victim

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From consultations undertaken with girls in poverty in several countries, we have observed that in lots of cases, violence towards girls happen in their own home with the knowledge and acceptance from those around them. Often this violence happens fr

From consultations undertaken with girls in poverty in several countries, we have observed that in lots of cases, violence towards girls happen in their own home with the knowledge and acceptance from those around them. Often this violence happens fr

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Where I live there is a simple negative cycle that represses security: streets are dark and lonely so people don't want to walk on the streets and this causes streets to be lonelier which in turn discourages more people from walking on them.

Where I live there is a simple negative cycle that represses security: streets are dark and lonely so people don't want to walk on the streets and this causes streets to be lonelier which in turn discourages more people from walking on them.

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While I visited a downtown area of my city a few days ago, I came across the story of Rabeya- A 18 year old housewife who was controlled and restricted from participating in an Income Generating Program of a non-government organization. The man did t

While I visited a downtown area of my city a few days ago, I came across the story of Rabeya- A 18 year old housewife who was controlled and restricted from participating in an Income Generating Program of a non-government organization. The man did t

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Some large cities in Brazil have adopted this measure to try to prevent sexual abuse during rush hour in public transportation. However, it doesn't work as well as it should and it's still only a palliative measure.

Some large cities in Brazil have adopted this measure to try to prevent sexual abuse during rush hour in public transportation. However, it doesn't work as well as it should and it's still only a palliative measure.

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The mobile revolution is one of the defining technological developments in the 21st century.   In its most basic phone, it has the ability to connect people and share information across vast distances, transforming the lives of many people living in

The mobile revolution is one of the defining technological developments in the 21st century. In its most basic phone, it has the ability to connect people and share information across vast distances, transforming the lives of many people living in

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I live in what I consider a safe environment. I live in a suburb outside a fairly large city: Fort Worth, Texas (Population about 778k). I'm 15 so the travelling in my city is fairly limited to school and back. But going downtown with friends, specif

I live in what I consider a safe environment. I live in a suburb outside a fairly large city: Fort Worth, Texas (Population about 778k). I'm 15 so the travelling in my city is fairly limited to school and back. But going downtown with friends, specif

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Reading about the rape case in India and specifically the comments made by the victim's lawyer saying that it was partly the girl's fault that she was out late at night with a man who was just her boyfriend and therefore she had put herself in a dang

Reading about the rape case in India and specifically the comments made by the victim's lawyer saying that it was partly the girl's fault that she was out late at night with a man who was just her boyfriend and therefore she had put herself in a dang

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