The whole idea of designing a city that works for women as well as men started in Vienna.
Girls in Uganda often miss school when they are menstruating – the average is one to three days per month. Like Pauline, many feel ashamed due to the stigma attached to periods in Uganda – menstruating girls are often perceived as “unclean” and are even believed to have the power to stop crops from growing.
In Sydney most young women experience street harassment on almost a daily basis.
Kathryn Travers from Safer Cities discusses how women activists made Montreal a safer and more inclusive city.
“After participating in Safer Cities for Girls, I’ve become a different person,” says Nada. “It’s increased my self-esteem and self-confidence. Now when I walk down the street, I’m no longer frightened because I know how to protect myself.”
“Palestinian society has yet to get used to the increasing number of women in local political positions,” explains Mr. Samha, Deputy Assistant at the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government.