COVID-19 and ensuring safe cities and safe public spaces for women and girls

This brief highlights emerging trends and implications for women’s and girls’ safety in public spaces and cities, recognising the continuum of violence against women and girls in private and public settings throughout different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It provides examples of concrete action taken at the local level in partnership with governments, grassroots women and women’s rights organisations, the private sector, and other partners, including from cities participating in the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Flagship Initiative, and in particular from cities where the disease is widespread.

The brief includes recommendations to be considered by governments, international organisations, and women’s rights and other civil society organisations. It is a living document that complements other briefs prepared by UN Women on COVID-19 and gender and ending violence against women.

This brief is part of the “EVAW COVID-19 briefs” series.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentCOVID-19Ending violence against women and girlsHealthLocal developmentRural developmentSafe Cities and Safe Public SpacesSexual harassment

Resource type: BriefsIssue papers

Series: EVAW COVID-19 briefs

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 14

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)