Want our public spaces to be safer?

Studies have started to reveal the truth we already know – women and girls everywhere live with the reality of violence and harassment in public.

Yet not enough is being done by the Government, decision-makers, funders and owners of public spaces to change this reality.

We are collecting stories and data that represent real women’s experiences, to make sure that leaders are listening, and to get the owners and administrators of public spaces to design solutions that really work. It’s time to take action.

Be part of it.




of women in the UK aged 18-24 say they have experienced sexual harassment in public

Almost 9 in 10

women in some cities around the world reported being unsafe in public spaces

Every 10 Minutes

somewhere in the world an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence. We have to act now.

Join our crew of amazing grassroots activists, and be part of making our public spaces safer and more inclusive for women, girls and minoritised groups.

We’re holding Zoom workshops in Spring 2021 with 400 women and girls, and surveying 5,000 more. We’re doing this because we want to be able to show the Government, public space owners and funding bodies that a different future is possible – and this is what it looks like.

We’d love for you to be a part of these workshops – whoever you are, and especially if you are a woman or girl of colour or other marginalised group, we want you to speak truth to power. Please register your interest below.

Sign up for a workshop here

We are so grateful to the National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund for making this work possible.
The workshops will be conducted in by women-led design thinking agency Living Proof.

We are working to create safe spaces across the world.


Under our global UN Women framework ‘Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces’, we have already trained >2,500 bus drivers in Quito, rolled out a behavioural change programme for boys and girls in schools across Cairo, and helped change the law in Guatemala to make women’s lives saver.

Now, we are making this change happen in the UK, with a 3-step campaign.


  • Build a complete data picture of safety in women’s lives to surface the reality of where the real problems lie


  • Work with owners of public spaces, bystanders and activists to design bespoke solutions that actually work


  • Take our learnings to the policy decision makers at the highest level to make the change last.

Activists and participants taking part in UN Women UK events


Since the project launch at the beginning of this year, we’ve brought together:

50 representatives from the private sector, public services and community activists joined our ‘Movement Makers’ steering group

>1000 women through a national online survey who told us about their experiences of sexual harassment in public spaces

400 women and girls in design thinking workshops to create a blueprint for a safer reality in partnership with the National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund

100 grassroots campaigners for an activist workshop at The Roundhouse, coaching them on how to express and grow their local solutions in partnership with I WEIGH and Change.org

a new APPG made up of Parliamentary representatives, working on Safe Spaces Now as their focus

80 women software engineers, designers and leaders in our Hackathon with Beautystack, designing and making ‘tech for good’ solutions to create safer spaces for women, girls and marginalised groups

300 reports of experiences of safety on London’s streets, which we analysed for our real-time pilot study with Safe and The City to produce insights on what needs to change in urban areas

50 Bristol University innovation hub students who spent a term working to create a digital safe spaces platform with us

50 McKinsey colleagues in a one-day hackathon to develop our digital activists’ hub

10 startups and social enterprise partners working towards safe spaces, at a share and learn evening hosted by Vodafone HQ.

Get involved

If your organisation or collective would like to join the Safe Spaces Now Movement Makers, get in touch with us by email. 

UN Women is the only global organisation working for gender equality in every sphere of society: from running grassroots programmes with the most vulnerable, to accelerating attitudinal change with influencers and organisations, and helping goverments design more gender-equal policy.

Our mission is for every woman and girl to have an equal right to Safety, Choice, and A Voice.

We want you to be part of the change – because our voices are louder when we raise them together.