Women in Cites International
Women in Cities International (WICI) is a non-profit network organization, based in Montreal, Canada, that
focuses on gender equality and the participation of women and girls in urban development. WICI is dedicated to the identification, study, and dissemination of good practices, tools and intervention models. With its partners, WICI facilitates knowledge- and experience-sharing on the improvement of women’s and girls’ safety and status in cities and communities. WICI specializes in the organization of networking events, the administration of training events, the advancement of technical expertise, and the production of research in order to achieve its goals.
Women’s safety is a priority issue for Women in Cities International. This is because the violence and insecurity women and girls feel everyday is a major barrier to achieving gender equality. Violence and insecurity reduce women’s mobility and restrict their ability to freely exercise full citizenship. This is a direct violation of women’s rights, as established by the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). WICI believes that women’s meaningful participation in urban development is a core requirement in the solution to this issue. Women’s experiences of violence and insecurity can only be addressed when the different needs of women and men are considered in all areas of urban management.