Conference

First International Seminar on Women’s Safety – Making the Links (2002)

Introduction

The First International Seminar on Women’s Safety – Making the Links was held in Montréal, Canada from May 9 – 11, 2002. It was organized in recognition of the fact that women’s participation in urban development is crucial for women and women’s groups, municipalities, researchers, governments, and international development agencies. This event was organized around nine key themes:

  • For an approach that empowers women
  • A gender-based approach in policies and programmes
  • Safety audits
  • Safety planning and design from the point of view of women
  • Survey methods
  • Practice and research: necessary alliances
  • Partnership issues and the role of cities
  • Sharing practices and developing discussion networks
  • The Montréal Declaration

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS

Presenter

Presentation

Place

Elisabeth Arnold
City of Ottawa
Partnerships and the Role of Cities/Municipalities Ottawa, Canada
Viviana Arroyo Jimenez
Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
How to Mobilize Women: Some Experiences San Jose, Costa Rica
Amélie Baillargeon
Coalition for Gun Control
To Hand on the Message: The Role of Medias Montréal , Canada
Wendy Byrne
Women’s Action Centre Against Violence
Making the Links: Exchanges, Networking, and Access to Resources
Ottawa, Canada
Margarita Carranco
Metropolitan District of Quito
Women’s Safety: Partnership Issues
(Available in Spanish only)
Quito, Equator
Michèle Charland
Développement québecois de la sécurité des femmes
Reaching Women in All Their Diversity
(Text not available)
Montréal , Canada
Lyse Cloutier
L’écho des femmes de la Petite Patrie
Sharing Winning Strategies
(Available in French only)
Montréal , Canada
Terri Dame and Ali Grant
Cowichan Women Against Violence Society (Safer Futures Programme)
Women’s Safety in Small, Rural, and Isolated Communities
Duncan, Canada
Dao Thi Tao
Department of Gender and Urban Development, Hanoi University of Architecture
Research-based Action at the Department of Gender and Urban Development
(Available in French only)
Hanoi, Vietnam
Julie Dean
Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committee, City of Kitchener
Safety Audits – What is Next? Kitchener, Canada
Francine Descarries
ARIR, University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM)
Word of Welcome
(Available in French only)
Montréal , Canada
Nizaam ‘Cookie’ Edwards
Kwazulu Natal Network on Violence against Women
Research, Practice and Necessary Alliances: The Durban Experience Durban, South Africa
Emmy Galama-Rommerts
VACs in Zeeland, International Council of Women to UN-Habitat
VAC in the Netherlands Zeeland, The Netherlands
Miryam Garcés Dávila
Metropolitan District of Quito
Partnership and the Role of Cities / Municipalities(Available in Spanish only) Quito, Equador
Sylvie Gendron
Women’s House of Rimouski
Taking Safety to Heart
(Available in French only)
Rimouski, Canada
Carmen Griffiths
Construction Resource and Development Centre
Actions by Grassroots Womens’ Groups
(Text not available)
Kingston, Jamaica
Connie Guberman
Safety Consultant
Empowerment Strategies for Women: The Safety Audit: What’s Next?
Toronto, Canada
Barbara Hall
Department of Justice Canada, National Crime Prevention Centre
National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention
(Text not available)
Toronto, Canada
Leona Heillig
Montréal Assault Prevention Centre
An Empowering Approach to Women’s Self-Defense Montréal , Canada
Ana Hernández
Costa Rica’s Women Alliance
Strategies for Women’s Empowerment
(Available in Spanish only)
San Jose, Costa Rica
Sue Kaiser
Community Resources Unit, City of Toronto
Breaking the Cycle of Violence Grants Program, City of Toronto Toronto, Canada
Hannah Kamau
Intermediate Technology Development Group, Eastern Africa
Safety Audits: The Kenyan Experience Nairobi, Kenya
Fran Klodawsky
Carleton University
Community-Centred Evaluation Ottawa, Canada
Marylène Lieber
Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Safety Audits in Paris
(Available in French only)
Guyancourt, France
Anne Michaud
Women and City Programme, City of Montréal
Opening Remarks – Making the Links

Closing Message

Montréal , Canada
Jocelyne Moretti
CLSC La Petite-Patrie / Women’s Safety Committee in Petite-Patrie
For a Safer Neighbourhood
(Text not available)
Montréal , Canada
Anna Mtani
Safer Cities: Dar es Salaam (UN-Habitat)
The Women’s Perspective: The Case of Manzese, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Greta Nemiroff
Women’s Studies, Dawson College
The Role of Men
(Text not available)
Montréal , Canada
Sophie Paquin
Department of Urban Studies, University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM)
For a Safer Urban Environment: Express Training(Available in French only) Montréal , Canada
Sabine Ravestijn
Safer Cities: Port Moresby (UN-Habitat)
Violence against Women Surveys: Practice, Implementation and Decision-Making Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Luz María Sánchez Hurtado
NGO Estrategia
Urban Improvement in Lima’s Human Settlements: CONCREMAT, Women’s Small Enterprise (Available in Spanish only) Lima, Peru
Edson Sardano
Secretariat of Urban Security, Santo André
Women in Brazil Santo André, Brazil
Margaret Shaw
International Centre for the Prevention of Crime
Women’s Safety: Is there Progress in Putting Gender into Crime Prevention? Montréal, Canada
Soraya Smaoun
Safer Cities Programme (UN-Habitat)
The Gender Approach of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme: The Safer Cities Programme
(Available in French only)
Nairobi, Kenya
Aki Stavrou
Irish Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ireland
Research, Practice and Evaluation: Violence against Women Surveys, Some Thoughts on Implementation and Decision Making Cork, Ireland
Franz Vanderschueren
NGO SUR: Corporación de estudios sociales y educación
Sharing Winning Strategies
(Text not available)
Santiago, Chile
Carolyn Whitzman
Women Plan Toronto
Women, Safety and Planning in Toronto: The Story So Far Toronto, Canada

 

THEMATIC ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

Title

Presenter

Actions by Grassroots Women’s Groups Carmen Griffiths
Construction Resource and Development Centre
Community-Centred Evaluation
(Available in French only)
Fran Klodawsky
Carleton University
Getting the Message Out: The Role of the Media Amélie Baillargeon
Coalition for Gun Control
How to Mobilize Women? (1)
(Available in French only)
Luz María Sánchez Hurtado
NGO Estrategia
How to Mobilize Women? (2) Viviana Arroyo Jimenez
Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
Partnership Issues (1) Margarita Carranco
Metropolitan District of Quito
Partnership Issues (2)
(Available in French only)
Sue Kaiser
Community Resources Unit, City of Toronto
Reaching Women in All their Diversity
(Text not available)
Michèle Charland
Développement québecois de la sécurité des femmes
Research, Practice and Evaluation: Making the Links (1) Nizaam ‘Cookie’ Edwards
Kwazulu Natal Network on Violence against Women
Research, Practice and Evaluation: Making the Links (2) Sabine Ravestijn
Safer Cities: Port Moresby (UN-Habitat)
Research, Practice and Evaluation: Making the Links (3)
(Available in French only)
Aki Stavrou
Irish Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ireland
Research, Practice and Evaluation: Making the Links (4)
(Available in French only)
Dao Thi Tao
Department of Gender and Urban Development, Hanoi University of Architecture
The Role of Men
(Available in French only)
Greta Nemiroff
Women’s Studies, Dawson College
Safety Audits and Beyond (1) Anna Mtani
Safer Cities: Dar es Salaam (UN-Habitat)
Safety Audits and Beyond (2) Julie Dean
Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committee, City of Kitchener
Safety Audits and Beyond (3)
(Available in French only)
Marylène Lieber
Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Safety Audits and Beyond (4) Hannah Kamau
Intermediate Technology Development Group, Eastern Africa
Sharing Winning Strategies
(Available in French only)
Franz Vanderschueren
NGO SUR: Corporación de estudiossociales y educación
Sharing Winning Strategies: Partnership Issues Emmy Galama-Rommerts
VACs in Zeeland, International Council of Women to UN-Habitat
Sharing Winning Strategies: Safety Planning and the Role of Research (1) Wendy Byrne
Women’s Action Centre Against Violence
Sharing Winning Strategies: Safety Planning and the Role of Research (2)
(Available in French only)
Jocelyne Moretti
CLSC La Petite-Patrie / Women’s Safety Committee in Petite-Patrie
Small, Rural and Isolated Communities Terri Dame
Cowichan Women Against Violence Society (Safer Futures Programme)
Strategies for Empowering Women
(Available in French only)
Lyse Cloutier
L’écho des femmes de la Petite Patrie

PLENARY SESSIONS

Panel Theme

Panelists

From National to Local: For a Gendered Approach to Crime Prevention Anne Michaud
Barbara Hall
Margaret Shaw
Soraya Smaoun
Strategies for Women’s Empowerment Leona Heillig
Connie Guberman
Ana Hernandez
Partnerships and the Role of Cities/Municipalities Edson Sardano
Myriam Garcés
Elisabeth Arnold
Safety Planning and the Role of Research Sophie Paquin
Carolyn Whitzman
Pooling Ideas and Discussions: Closing Plenary N/A
Montreal DeclarationClick to collapse

We are women and men, in all our diversity, meeting in Montréal on the occasion of the 1st International Seminar on Women’s Safety, May 9 to 11, 2002.

We are representatives of women’s groups, grassroots, community and non-governmental organizations, cities and municipalities, police forces, government agencies, the research community, international networks and United Nations agencies, from five continents, 27 countries, and 55 cities and municipalities.

We call for action building on the recommendations of the conferences in Beijing 1995 (the Fourth World Conference on Women), Istanbul 1996 (the Second City Summit), Johannesburg 1998 (Building Partnerships on Crime Prevention and Community Safety), and Naples 2000 (Forum on Safety and Democracy).

Given that:

Well-founded fear of crime, and various forms of violence against women, represent, for all women, a major obstacle in the exercise of their freedom and the achievement of gender equality.

The effects of violence against women constitute an obstacle to the development of communities and societies around the world.

Considering that:

The strategies put in place by public, private and community-based organizations must put women at the centre of the action, and aim to reinforce the capacity of women’s individual and collective actions.

Coordinated approaches to intervention, including partnerships, and the pooling of resources, are essential principles for effective action.

Good urban governance is a prerequisite to women’s empowerment. This must include, amongst others, the allocation of adequate resources to women’s organizations.

The success of initiatives to address women’s safety and security depend on the full involvement of men as well as women.

The solutions introduced by women to increase safety and security make cities and municipalities safer for all.

We appeal:

To women
Mobilize and speak out on issues of violence and insecurity, inspired by actions achieved by women throughout the world.

Support women and men in their efforts to attain gender equality in decision-making positions (municipal governance, police, etc.). Support women in positions of power to remain accountable and promote equality.

To men
Listen, accompany, and support women in their drive for autonomy and empowerment, and work to reduce mens’ violence.

Mobilize men and boys to challenge traditional gender roles in order to prevent violence against women and girls.

To women’s groups, grassroots and community organizations
Work in partnership with all the relevant organizations, especially municipalities, to ensure that women’s specific needs are taken into account in local prevention strategies. Special efforts should be given to outreach isolated communities. Create local to local exchanges.

To cities and municipalities
Put in place local safety policy, planning, and practices which integrate a gender approach, and which support women’s safety initiatives.

Provide greater opportunities for women’s involvement, for example safety audits, including formal mechanisms to ensure adequate resources to respond to recommendations and sustain initiatives.

Create formal mechanisms to increase the participation of women in decision-making in local governance (elected officials, managers and citizens).

Allocate municipal funds to gender equality, community development and poverty reduction programs. Ensure transparency and accountability in municipal administration.

Develop international cooperation at the municipal level including the exchange of good practices and experiences.

To police services
Ensure that the police take a preventive rather than a repressive approach to violence and insecurity. Work towards changing the organizational culture of the police, including the provision of adequate training on the causes and impacts of violence and insecurity on women. Women’s organizations and experiences should form part of such training.

Work in partnerships on the development of strategies to promote women’s safety and empowerment.

Increase the numbers of women in the police.

To the education sector
Integrate gender awareness, anti-violence, and human rights teaching into the curriculum, to enable youth to challenge stereotypes and attitudes on gender-based violence.

Provide gender training for all school staff.

Encourage the use of student-led safety audits in and around schools.

Mobilize children and teenaged girls through empowerment strategies, including self-defense, aimed at ensuring a safer city for all.

To the media
Contribute to community mobilization, and facilitate access to services aimed at ensuring women’s safety.

Challenge gender stereotypes and inequalities through information and awareness campaigns, including studies on women’s experiences. Highlight and disseminate best practices. Work to reduce sensationalised reporting.

Work to reduce sensationalised reporting.

To the research community
Encourage research on women’s safety and the integration of gender in crime prevention, including the development of appropriate survey methods, process and evaluation tools.

Provide research assistance and support to community-based project implementation and evaluation.

To the private sector
Recognize the economic and social impacts of violence against women and that prevention is cost effective and beneficial.

Audit the impacts of all decisions on the safety and security of women employees, clients, and consumers, by working with unions, women’s groups and community organizations to include these issues in workplaces.

Partner with local organizations and municipalities, and financially support initiatives promoting women’s safety.

To governments
Develop policies and programs to ensure women’s financial autonomy, including women’s right to own property.

Develop integrated, concrete and accountable gender approaches in national crime prevention programs, including the allocation of necessary resources for the development and sustainability of strategies and initiatives on women’s safety and security.

Incorporate a gender approach in the training of elected officials and managers.

Politically and financially support local governments in their efforts to promote safety.

To international networks and UN agencies
Sustain and contribute to the development, documentation, adaptation, dissemination, and replication of good practices and tools. Increase the availability of electronic exchange, and of technical assistance, especially between the South and the North. Sustainable development requires international, regional, national and local-to-local exchanges and cooperation. Support the evaluation of progress made by regular international or regional conferences on women’s safety.

Please click here to download a PDF version of the Montréal Declaration on Women’s Safety .

Click here to download the French version

Click here to download the Spanish version

Partners

Sponsors

Caroline Andrew
University of Ottawa, Women’s Actions Centre against Violence

Anne Michaud
Ville de Montréal (Femmes et ville), Comité d’action femmes et sécurité urbaine (CAFSU)

Committees Members

Caroline Andrew
University of Ottawa, Women’s Actions Centre against Violence

Terri Dame
Cowichan Women against Violence Society (Safer Futures Programme)

Line Dufresne
Halte-Femmes Montréal-Nord, CAFSU

Ana Falu
National University of Cordoba, Argentina, Women and Habitat Network, Latin America, Habitat International Network

Emmy Galama
Provincial Board of Women Advisory Committee for Housing in Zeeland, The Netherlands, Permanent Representative of the International Council of Women to UN-Habitat

Ali Grant
AMG Consulting, Community Development and Research, Vancouver

Connie Guberman
Women’s Studies Programme, University of Toronto at Scarborough

Lyne Kurtzman
Alliance de recherche IREF, Relais-femmes (ARIR)

Louise Lacroix
Comité femmes s écurité Petite-Patrie, CAFSU

Marie-Claude Lemire
CAFSU

Michel R. Magnan
Tandem Montréal, CAFSU

Anne Michaud
Ville de Montréal (Femmes et ville), Comité d’action femmes et sécurité urbaine (CAFSU)

Sophie Paquin
Département des Études urbaines, Université du Québec à Montréal

Jan Peterson
Huairou Commission

Thér è se Picard
City of Beaconsfield, CAFSU

Emma E. Porio
Ateneo de Manila University, Global Urban Research Representative for Southeast Asia

Pam Ransom
Long Island University, Brooklyn

Margaret Shaw
International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC)

Soraya Smaoun
United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNHS Safer Cities Programme), European Forum for Urban Safety (FESU)

Carolyn Whitzman
Women Plan Toronto

Funding Partners

Alliance de recherche IREF/Relais-femmes

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

City of Montréal

Conseil régional de développement de l’île de Montréal (CRDîM)

Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Justice and Solicitor General Canada, National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)

Government of Canada

Government of Québec

Huairou Commission

International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC)

Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux – Québec

Sécurité publique – Québec

Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

Status of Women Canada

UN-Habitat Safer Cities Programme 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Université de Montréal – Programme de gestion urbaine

University of Ottawa