Ensuring girls’ and women’s participation and safety in cities requires a gender transformative approach to achieve systemic change. It includes empowering women and girls, designing future cities that are well-lit, well-planned, well-maintained, using Universal Design principles where they can claim space to participate as active citizens in urban governance. Human rights obligations, such as under the Convention on the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), must be met at all levels of government in designing and implementing urban policy.
Shaila Shahid’s WMG presented her intervention as Lead Discussant at the Review of SDGs implementation, during the 9th meeting on SDG 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, at the High-level Political Forum 2018, held in New York, at the UNHQ on 11th July 2018.
Download the statement here.
Watch her speech here.