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Opportunity Area
In the Research phase, we collectively learned a great deal about women’s safety—from the issues at play to what’s working right now to
inspiration from analogous contexts. Based on these insights, we’re keen to focus on the following six opportunity areas as we brainstorm
solutions in the Ideas phase.
Avoiding and Reacting to Danger in the Moment
What tools, information or reporting mechanisms can women
use to respond in real-time to potentially dangerous situations?

When we feel threatened, the ability to take immediate action
is paramount. But in many cases, women and girls in low-income urban areas lack effective tools or services to help them avoid danger, react to a particular situation or report a crime in a
timely fashion.
Wearable tech as a safety device
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An unassuming protective key chain 
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How public shaming might deter harassment
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Supporting Women's Economic Empowerment and
Self-Confidence
What kinds of training programs will help women and girls in
urban areas cultivate their own self-confidence and promote
economic empowerment?

Safety isn’t just about the threat of physical harm. It’s about having the knowledge, skills, training, negotiation powers and financial independence to face any situation with confidence.
This empowerment, in addition to affecting one’s individual
safety, helps women and girls become agents of change in their 
own lives and communities.
Livelihood training for women in Delhi
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A skateboarding and educational program in Kabul
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Using micro-finance to create jobs and entrepreneurship
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Driving Institutional Change Through
Collective Action
What actions and activities can individual urban communities initiate to influence policy change, increased enforcement and
better service provision that will make cities safer for women 
and girls?

​Over the past few weeks, our community has shared many stories about policies, laws and other institutional efforts to keep women safe. In contrast, we have also seen many examples of ways governance and institutional support for women’s safety could be substantially improved. Often, the greatest issue is the divide between the intention of a particular policy or initiative and the real-world implementation of it.  
Advocacy for home-based works in South Asia
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More citizen-friendly policing
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A communication bridge between police officers
and citizens
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Challenging Gender Norms and Expectations 
How can parents, educators, men and boys be engaged in creating an enabling environment for women and girls?

Fostering a safer and more empowering environment for women and girls must also address the social norms and cultural barriers that often prevent them from speaking up, exercising their rights and enjoying the benefits of their city. Everyone in the community must do their part.
Promoting women's participation in community leadership
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An awareness campaign in South Africa 
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Promoting communication on the streets
of Bangalore
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Leveraging Support Networks, Locally and Globally
How can we design solutions that forge or strengthen connections between women, both locally and globally?

Through our research, we learned about all kinds of social networks (both analog and digital) and how they provide a safety net for women around the globe. Local networks among women within a community offer a safe space to speak one’s mind, exchange experiences and share resources. Global networks—often with the aid of technology—connect women across borders and enable important information and stories to be shared and disseminated. 
Building safety in numbers while traveling
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Sharing stories in an effort to uncover shared solutions
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Connecting women across cultures
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Improving Urban Spaces Through 
Community-Driven Initiatives    
How can individuals and organisations make their own cities safer through community-instigated solutions that improve urban spaces and transportation?

From our research we know that certain places and situations—buses, deserted parks, highway overpasses or crowds with an unbalanced gender ratio—tend to be most threatening for women and girls in urban areas. But, we also saw numerous examples of community-based initiatives (led by individuals and organisations) to make those spaces safer for women and girls. In fact, even small-scale changes to the urban environment can have major impact.  
Identifying and transforming unsafe public spaces
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How human-centered design
can create a safer space
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Organizing a neighborhood watch program in
Cape Town
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