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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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I live in Bed-Stuy, a rapidly changing neighborhood in NYC. There is a lot of gentrification in the neighborhood, but I also live across the street from New York City Public Housing (aka the projects). While I have never been robbed or physically har

I live in Bed-Stuy, a rapidly changing neighborhood in NYC. There is a lot of gentrification in the neighborhood, but I also live across the street from New York City Public Housing (aka the projects). While I have never been robbed or physically har

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Growing up in Bogota, Colombia in the 80’s and early 90’s was a little bit confusing and exciting at the same time. The city was charmingly chaotic. Old buses, trucks and charriots pulled by donkeys and mules stopped everywhere, bus stops were never
Growing up in Bogota, Colombia in the 80’s and early 90’s was a little bit confusing and exciting at the same time. The city was charmingly chaotic. Old buses, trucks and charriots pulled by donkeys and mules stopped everywhere, bus stops were never

Growing up in Bogota, Colombia in the 80’s and early 90’s was a little bit confusing and exciting at the same time. The city was charmingly chaotic. Old buses, trucks and charriots pulled by donkeys and mules stopped everywhere, bus stops were never

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I live in a medium-sized suburb south of San Francisco and take the train to and from work most days. During the winter when the days are shorter, this often means my ten-minute walk home from the train is done in almost total darkness.

I live in a medium-sized suburb south of San Francisco and take the train to and from work most days. During the winter when the days are shorter, this often means my ten-minute walk home from the train is done in almost total darkness.

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Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.

Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.

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The Underground Railroad successfully assisted slaves escaping from the South with a secret system of messages alerting slaves to safety and danger. Can we develop a similar system to protect our young women?

The Underground Railroad successfully assisted slaves escaping from the South with a secret system of messages alerting slaves to safety and danger. Can we develop a similar system to protect our young women?

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I moved to DC in the late 90's to intern at the country's largest homeless shelter .  I was a small-town girl who just graduated from a four-year institution located in another small town. Crazy was the nicest compliment I received from my relatives.

I moved to DC in the late 90's to intern at the country's largest homeless shelter . I was a small-town girl who just graduated from a four-year institution located in another small town. Crazy was the nicest compliment I received from my relatives.

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There is a trend afoot concerning complex PTSD among low-income urban residents and the long term damaging effects to one's physical and mental well-being when constantly confronted with threats or actual acts of violence against oneself, friends, fa

There is a trend afoot concerning complex PTSD among low-income urban residents and the long term damaging effects to one's physical and mental well-being when constantly confronted with threats or actual acts of violence against oneself, friends, fa

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"You look pretty" is a phrase I constantly hear being said to young girls. Whoa, can we back up and tell them how smart they are? How awesome their contribution to conversation is? How strong they are?
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"You look pretty" is a phrase I constantly hear being said to young girls. Whoa, can we back up and tell them how smart they are? How awesome their contribution to conversation is? How strong they are? From the time that girls can understand languag

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I have been using crowd sourced platforms to make little girls and womenin our community aware of their vulnerability and the tricks they can learn to ward of abuse. You tube and Vimeo have freely available videos which I run on donated computers and

I have been using crowd sourced platforms to make little girls and womenin our community aware of their vulnerability and the tricks they can learn to ward of abuse. You tube and Vimeo have freely available videos which I run on donated computers and

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