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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Safe and Sustainable Cities for All

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6 yer old Gulnaz Ahmed takes care of her younger sister Gulnaz, after returning from school at the entrance of her slum house in Kurla West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

In June 2011, UNICEF, UN Women, and UNHABITAT launched the Safe and Friendly Cities Initiative. The community-led, results-oriented programme will enable local authorities and women’s, youth and children’s advocates to take actions to increase safety, and prevent and reduce violence, including sexual violence and harassment against women and girls. Potential interventions include development of youth- and gender-responsive budgets and safety audits, female-led police units, improved and increased lighting in at-risk areas, youth- and women-led mapping of safety situations and thorough baseline studies of safety issues in target cities.  The cities for the first phase of the programme are Greater Beirut, Dushanbe, Metro Manila, Marrakesh, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose and Tegucigalpa.