Safe Cities - Philippines
Developed as part of a partnership with UN Women, as part of the Safe Cities Global Initiative, the Safe Cities Metro Manila (SC MM) promotes deeper understanding of the lack of security that women in the country feel as they move about in the city — using public transport, lining up in terminals, going around markets/malls, and even just walking home in their own neighborhoods. Whether due to shame or fear, women traditionally just ignore and keep silent about the various forms of sexual harassment that they experience such as catcalls, sexual innuendos, stalking or repeated harassment for their numbers, male public exposure, rubbing or groping (panghihipo) inside the MRT or jeepneys, and lascivious and indecent hollering after them.
Just as it is around the globe, sexual harassment (SH) and other forms of sexual violence (SV) in public spaces is also an everyday occurrence for women and girls in one of the world’s largest megacities – Metro Manila.
“I was in a bus to go to school, when I noticed the chair was shaking...he was masturbating beside me. I was struck with fear – I could not say or do anything. I was afraid he had a knife and I feared for my life.” – Student, 19 years old. More
- Orientation on Safe Cities and Street Harassment
- Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces
- In Brief - Safe Cities Global Initiative
- UN Safe Cities Global Initiative - At a Glance: 10 Core Elements
- Step-By-Step: How to Join The UN Women Safe Cities Global Initiative
- Safe Cities - Glossary and Definitions of Key Terms
- Impact Evaluation Strategy - UN Women Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls
- UN Women's Work in the Philippines: Peace, Presence and Partnerships
- UN Women and QC Government’s Safe Cities Progamme in Manila launches new data and city law on sexual harassment in public spaces
- QC's Pioneering Law to Stop Street Harassment
- UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 1.4 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia Pacific
- Quezon City Mayor Bautista Says, “Stop Street Harassment Of Women In Our City”
- More Press Releases...
- Safe Cities Global Initiative
- UN Women #Safe Cities PSA - Philippines
- Free from fear Quezon becomes a safe city for women and girls
- Day 15 of the 18-day campaign - Motorcade 30s
- Safe Cities Special Citation Short Narrative "Chicken" 2015
- More Safe Cities Videos...
- GMA News features Safe Cities Baseline with Infograph, March 8, 2016
- Baseline data launch during Press Con - Rappler
- Philippine Daily Inquirer tweet (with AECID logo in background)
- More media coverage...
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