Lessons Learnt: Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls (UN Women)
The UN Women's Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls gives a brief guide on what planning and designing safe public spaces for women and girls means.
The main lesson learnt is that it is very important to consult women and girls who are the intended users of a given space. The guide emphasizes that community members, particularly women, should collaborate with one another to create spaces that facilitate healthy social relations.
What's useful about this guide is it also provides reasons as to why women and girls may find it hard to participate in public planning and design meetings.
My question is,
how can we encourage women and girls to attend and participate in the design of their own communities given the barriers to doing so?
Link to the center's brief guide: