UN Women forum highlights importance of safe urban spaces

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Inspired by snowballing social media discussions on sexual harassment in Egypt, a group of independent activists took the conversation to an offline public. They aimed to build support in Cairo and beyond, using the most simple of approaches: the country's first 'human chain' against sexual harassment. File Photo: UN Women/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin (2012)

Up to 90 per cent of women report that they've been harassed on their way to work, according to information cited by UN Women.

The agency is holding a four-day forum in Mexico City looking at ways to make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls.

More than 200 urban experts and community leaders from across the world are sharing their approaches and best practices.

Pierre-Marc René has been speaking to Purna Sen, Director of the Policy Division at UN Women.

Duration: 4'04"

 

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