Help make the UK a safe space for women - now.

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

Yes, the data is sparse, studies are small, and attempts to try and stop violence and harassment in public places are not based on enough lived experiences. Efforts need to be joined up to see visible change across the UK.

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.

 

 

85%

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.

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.

1. SOURCE

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

2. SOLVE

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

3. SCALE

  • 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

WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED IN THE UK

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

50 representatives from the private sector, public services and community activist groups as part of our ‘Movement Makers’ group, launching the project in Parliament

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

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

10 startups and social enterprise partners working towards safe spaces, showcasing their ideas as part of our solutions show at 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.