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Safe spaces for youth: How girls transform their cities

On International Youth Day, 12th August 2018, the United Nations underlined that youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision-making processes and freely express themselves. This is exactly what our Safer Cities programme is trying to do. This initiative, in collaboration with Women in Cities International and UN-Habitat, aims to ensure the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (more specifically SDG 11) to ‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030’. In 10 different cities across the world - Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut, Delhi, Hanoi, Kampala, Nairobi, Lima, Asuncion and Honiara – we strive to create sustainable change by working across three levels of change: with governments and institutions, communities and families, and girls and boys.