WICI has provided technical assistance to international agencies in the development of curriculum, tools, research and programs. WICI focuses on providing accessible “how-to” guidance on the process for creating safe cities and communities for women and girls.
WICI’s Technical Assistance
Because I am a Girl – Urban Programme (BIAAG UP) (2010 – )
The Because I am a Girl Urban Programme (BIAAG UP) is a joint programme developed by Women in Cities International,Plan International, and UN-Habitat. The goal of the BIAAG UP is to build safe, accountable, and inclusive cities with and for girls in all their diversity. BIAAG UP will be implemented in five cities around the world: Cairo, Egypt; Delhi, India; Lima, Peru; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Kampala, Uganda.The programme seeks to engage girls to explore questions around gender inclusion, the right to the city and safe cities for girls. Linked with Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty, this programme has been developed in a participatory manner and has consistently been validated by adolescent girls along the way. The programme was officially launched at the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy in September 2012.
From 2010 – 2012, WICI, Plan International and UN Habitat developed the programmatic framework for the BIAAG UP. There were substantial gaps in documented research about how age, gender, urbanization and safety intersect for adolescent girls living in cities, so a number of alternative approaches were undertaken to fill in knowledge. Specifically, a fast talk (rapid virtual expert consultation) was undertaken with international experts to address these gaps, while a parallel e-consultation process was completed with the participation of 38 girls from seven countries. The results of these processes were scrutinized during a multi-stakeholder expert group meeting in Nairobi in 2011 that included the participation of girls from India and Kenya. The meeting served to validate research results, identify priority issues facing girls in cities, and learn from girls what capacities they felt had to be developed for them to participate in a safe cities programme for adolescent girls.
Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (2011 – 2012)
In 2011, in New Delhi, India, WICI participated in the 12th UN Round Table on Communication for Development (C4D), on the theme “The Role of C4D in Empowering Adolescent Girls”. The roundtable discussed the continued expansion of C4D strategies that have increased citizen participation and empowerment, and have large potential for facilitating community empowerment and social change. Participants shared examples of how C4D principles and strategies can be applied to support the needs of adolescent girls and contribute to their safety, education, livelihood and overall empowerment.
Representatives from civil society organizations, UN agencies, and adolescent girls themselves formed the nearly 100 participants of the roundtable. The meeting’s objectives were to show how C4D has the potential to improve initiatives for and with adolescent girls across various sectors and agencies, and exploring new avenues in collaboration among global, regional and national levels on C4D.
The Roundtable resulted in the production of seven final recommendations to the UN around C4D on issues of advocacy, capacity development, strengthening research and knowledge, and knowledge management. As a result of these activities, WICI worked with UN-Habitat and Plan International to produce the publication Adolescent Girls Creating Safer Cities: Harnessing the Potential of Communication for Development (C4D) (2012).
UN Women Global Safe Cities Programme Free of Violence against Women and Girls (2010 – 2011)
In collaboration with key partners International Centre for Research on Women and Red Mujer y Habitat de America Latina, Women in Cities International provided technical and programming assistance to UN Women for their Global Safe Cities Programme Free of Violence against Women and Girls .The objective of the Global Programme is to deliver the first proven approach on how to prevent and reduce violence against women and girls in public spaces (through rigorous evaluation), and to provide a model that can be scaled up in many contexts—furthering women’s empowerment and gender equality, while enhancing the quality of city life for all. TheGlobal Programmeis being piloted in five countries: Egypt, India, Papua New Guinea, Equator, and Rwanda.
In order to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the Global Programme, WICI generated recommendations and input towards a programme design which responds effectively to the varied needs of women on the ground, living in vastly different social and economic contexts. WICI also coordinated the production of a general curriculum for the programme covering various topics on safer cities for women and girls.
UN Women Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls: Safe Cities Component (2008 – 2009)
In partnership with Red Mujer y Habitat America Latina, WICI developed the “Safe Cities” component of the UN Women Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls. This web resource is designed for use by women’s and community organizations, government bodies, planning and transportation officials, academics and researchers, public service workers and local women. It focuses on providing accessible “how-to” guidance on the process for creating safe cities and communities for women and girls.