Over half of women in the European Union have experienced sexual harassment and one in three women has been a victim of physical and/or sexual violence. This is unacceptable and we must act now!
This is why we are launching a campaign where municipalities, cities and regions can declare themselves as a #SafePlace4Women. This includes the commitment of progressive local and regional leaders to translate the principle of zero-tolerance to violence against women into concrete actions.
Raising awareness through communication campaigns, educational programmes and trainings or presentations in schools and universities, banning sexist advertising, opening shelters for victims of violence and rethinking the overall design of our cities are some of our campaign's concrete commitments.
How can you take part?
The list of measures, which local and regional authorities can implement to improve the safety of women is long, but there is no excuse not to act. Our campaign identifies twelve concrete actions that municipalities, cities and regions can commit to.
Adopt the resolution! Make cities and regions a safer place for women
Follow the example of many other progressive cities and regions and ask your local or regional council to adopt a resolution. Here you can find a draft text to propose to your municipal or regional council in your language: Bulgarian | Croatian | Czech | Danish | Dutch | English | Estonian | Finnish | French | Gaelic | German | Greek | Hungarian | Italian | Latvian | Lithuanian | Maltese | Polish | Portuguese | Romanian | Slovak | Slovenian | Spanish | Swedish. If you adopt the resolution, please get in touch with email@example.com so we can spread the news across the EU!
Join our social media campaign #SafePlace4Women
Post a picture of you in front of your city hall/symbol holding a sign with "Safe Place For Women. Make sure that the name of the city is visible.
The template message could be “My city is a #SafePlace4Women” or “I want my city to be a #SafePlace4Women ”. The sign can be written in English or your native language. Mention @PES_CoR and @PES_Women in your post.
Tell us your #ProgressiveLocalStories!
Is your city or region a front-runner when it comes to combating violence against women and do you believe that other cities and regions can learn from it? Does your city or region have an inspiring story to share? We want to know more! Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and find inspiration from all the stories already posted here below.