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Creating safer cities

Girls are increasingly moving to cities for work, education and opportunities. It is estimated that by 2030, approximately 700 million girls will live in urban areas.

This shift can increase their chances of marrying later and having fewer and healthier children but it also presents risks and challenges. Cities can be some of the most dangerous places for girls to live.

Safer buses for girls in Vietnam

Cities such as Vietnam’s capital Hanoi provide girls with more opportunities than rural areas. However, they also put girls at a higher risk of abuse.

Our research shows that over 40% of girls feel unsafe when using public transport in Hanoi. That's why we're working with girls, ticket inspectors and bus conductors to improve safety for girls in the city. 


Creating safer cities with and for girls

Our Safer Cities programme, developed with partner organisations UN-Habitat and Women in Cities International (WICI) tackles safety in 5 cities girls feel most at risk - Cairo,  Delhi, Hanoi, Kampala and Lima.

We are working with communities to transform neighbourhoods into safe places where girls are respected and can go to school or work without fear of violence. 


The Safer Cities programme provides girls with a platform to discuss the issues they face and the opportunity to provide input into the development of their cities. It is essential that girls are listened to so their specific needs around sanitation, education, public spaces, transport and access to city services are addressed.

Girls work towards fear free cities

Faridah, 18, is president of a youth group tackling safety in the slums of Kampala. Together they work together to identify problems and create solutions so girls can move around the city more safely. 

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Global girls speak out about safety

Discrimination and harmful attitudes that perpetuate abuse and harassment of girls are not limited to urban areas.

Our programmes help girls learn about gender equality and their right to safety, wherever they live. We asked girls from cities and rural areas to discuss their experiences of safety. Here's what they said.