Supporting safe environments for girls and young women

Module 9

Women & Girls- Safe Spaces

This guidance is based on the experiences of UNFPA and its partners in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. It also refers to experiences documented by the Gender-Based Violence coordination mechanisms in Jordan and Lebanon. Lessons learned from other regions are also referenced. Guidance has also been taken from the child protection and adolescent girls sectors in establishing child-friendly spaces and girls’ safe spaces.

Free to Be- Unsafe in the City

Free To Be is a crowd-mapping tool enabling young women to identify and share public spaces that make them feel at risk or safe. It has empowered young women to call out unsafe experiences and geographically identify spaces where change needs to occur. Girls and young women in Delhi, Kampala, Lima, Madrid and Sydney contributed over 21,000 testimonials, analysed in the Unsafe in the City report. In all five cities, boys and men verbally insult, grope, stalk, and flash girls and young women. Free To Be advocates and campaigns for change.

Global Guidance on Addressing School-Related Gender-based Violence

The Global Guidance provides key information to governments, policy-makers, teachers, practitioners and civil society who wish to take concrete action against school-related gender-based violence. It introduces approaches, methodologies, tools and resources that have shown positive results in preventing and responding to school-related gender-based violence. The guidance contributes to the generation of knowledge, evidence and standards of response.