ActionAid Bangladesh has been working towards empowering women and ending sexual violence against women of Bangladesh through various programs, projects and campaigns. “Safe Cities” is a new initiative by Action Aid that seeks to address violence against women in public spaces. The aim of the campaign is to make cities in Bangladesh safe for women and girls by reducing their experience and fear of sexual violence in urban public areas and by creating allies amongst men and boys through creating positive behavioral change. Through this campaign, first of all, women and girls will be aware of their right to live free from violence. Increased access to protection from police and legal aid services will empower survivors to seek support and legal redress. Secondly, men and boys will also gain knowledge on VAW and will know how to take measures to prevent such situations. Finally, change makers will have increased knowledge of processes and leadership skills required to make cities safe for women and are able to support and refer women affected by violence.

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