Safer Cities

The Safer Cities programme aims to build safe, accountable and inclusive cities, especially for adolescent girls and women.

The programme strives to increase safety and access to public spaces for women and girls; their independent and unrestricted use of public transport and meaningful participation in urban governance, planning and management. The project aims to benefit more than 1 million individuals. A global programme led by Plan International, Safer Cities is currently being implemented in five cities across the globe: Delhi, Cairo, Hanoi, Kampala and Lima.

Objective: The project goal of this gender transformative programme is to build safe, accountable and inclusive cities with and for adolescent girls in all their diversity. The outcomes of this programme are:

  • Increased safety and access to public spaces
  • Increased active and meaningful participation in urban development and governance
  • Increased autonomous mobility in the city

Safer Cities represents a collaboration between Plan International, Women in Cities International and UN-HABITAT, thus benefitting from the distinct and impressive track record each organisation boasts from previous work done to address violence against women and girls.

Key Achievements

  • 18,796 adolescent girls, 7,463 adolescent boys, 1,837 youth girls, 639 youth boys and 3,132 parents have been engaged through various community activities
  • 537 government stakeholders and 394 transit staff have committed to take action on girls safety
  • 3.022 adolescent girls, 289 youth girls, 1,762 adolescent boys and 100 youth boys have been trained in Champions of Change module
  • 472 adolescent girls were trained on self-defence by Parivartan Cell of Delhi Policev
  • 250,000 community members and general public have committed to the programme
  • 206 safe spaces set up with the support of local stakeholders

The project has moved beyond the immediate geographic boundaries and engaged with children’s homes and CWC in four districts of Delhi and was presented at the Global Leadership Conference as well.