A new global petition is calling on world leaders to prioritise girls’ right to safe cities as they prepare to attend a United Nations urban development meeting in Ecuador.
Sign the petitionOver half the world’s population now lives in cities – yet they remain dangerous places for girls. Research shows that girls rarely feel safe in urban spaces, experiencing physical and sexual violence, and all too often they are left out of decision-making processes that impact their safety.
The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development*, which takes place in the capital Quito from 17-20 October, will see governments make commitments on how we build, manage and live in cities. By signing the global petition, you can help ensure that they prioritise girls and their right to safety.
Join the call to protect girls
In Ecuador alone, 48% of teenage girls say they do not feel safe in public spaces. As part of a global day of action across 50 countries to mark International Day of the Girl on 11 October, more than 100 girls staged a takeover of Ecuador’s national assembly to unanimously approve a resolution on safe cities for girls. The resolution will now be considered at the national executive level.
During their speeches, the girls asked for better protection in cities where they feel vulnerable to danger and abuse.
"We are here to raise our voices on behalf of many more girls in the country because we need safe spaces in cities so that we can develop and fully live according to our rights," said Nohelia, who took over the role of national assembly president for the day.
we need safe spaces in cities so that we can develop and fully live according to our rights
Please find out more and add your voice to the global safe cities petition, via Plan International UK’s website.
Youth campaigners from Quito, supported by Plan International, will deliver the petition to world leaders at the conference.
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