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The Government of India launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015. The objective of the mission is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and a decent quality of life to their citizens; a clean and sustainable environment; and the application of “smart” solutions. Women constitute a little less than half of the urban population in India. It is crucial that the design of upcoming smart cities is gender...
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In her work for a non-governmental organization, Rika Rosvianti, 30, regularly uses commuter trains, motorcycle taxis and other public transport to meet with people and participate in social activities. Her experience has not always been nice. “One day I took a motorcycle taxi to the office and the driver asked for directions by patting my thigh, and practically questioned me at every turn,” she said. “Though I had given him the directions, he kept...
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UN Women is working with women market vendors in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to improve their working conditions, earning power and leadership skills.
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Papua New Guineans – near and far – donned orange on Friday to demonstrate support for safe public spaces and the elimination of violence for the global United Nations campaign ‘Orange Day’.
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As the UN marks Global Road Safety Week, a Safe Cities programme in New Delhi is conducting safety audits, whose findings are being adapted to make the crucial link between the public’s needs, urban planning and safety.
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Rejitha. G works with Sakhi Women’s Resource Centre, a UN Women partner in the global initiative, Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls. The Initiative seeks to develop innovative models to increase safety for women and girls in specific cities. In this article, she talks about the findings of a study on the safety of women and girls in Kerala.
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Crucial recommendations to improve women’s safety have been developed based on the findings of a survey about women’s safety in New Delhi.