Knowledge Note

"During COVID-19, sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women continue to occur on streets, in parks, on transport, and online."

This brief highlights emerging trends and implications for women’s and girls’ safety in public spaces and cities, recognizing the continuum of violence against women and girls in private and public settings throughout different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It provides examples of concrete action taken at the local level in partnership with governments, grassroots women and women’s rights organizations, the private sector and other partners, including from cities participating in the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Flagship Initiative, and in particular from cities where the disease is widespread.

The brief includes recommendations to be considered by governments, international organizations, women’s rights and other civil society organizations.

This document is a  United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) publication.