There is much to love about this city but lately, it has begun to feel very unsafe due to the increasing number of violent acts against women. This is unacceptable.
We have mourned with families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women. We have stood by Muslim women that have been attacked for choosing to wear their hijab. My daughter and her friends that live downtown, walk to and from work and school constantly looking over their shoulders and have their keys poking through clenched fists. Most women I know – even those that have lived in major cities around the world – are telling me that they have never been scared to walk our city streets at night - until today. This cannot continue.
When cities are not safe, they impede women’s ability to work, socialize and contribute to society. Their mobility is greatly reduced, impacting their ability to fully participate in public life without fear of violence and harassment.
Historically, cities and other public spaces have been designed by and for men without taking women’s safety and needs into account. It’s time for this to change.
Make Edmonton a safer city for women and girls.
An Edmonton that is safe for women and girls is safe for all Edmontonians - no matter gender identity, culture, race, or what part of the city you live in. We have a gender inclusive and equitably designed city
that empowers and enables women’s full participation in public life.
Every Edmontonian that calls this city home feels safe and welcome. Edmonton is actioning and being held accountable to the commitments it made in 2016 when they joined the United Nations Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global program.