Women's Safety Charter

Safer places for women, girls and everyone

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Principles and outcomes

The Women’s Safety Charter is based on three foundation principles, each with three desired outcomes

1. A Culture of Gender Equality

Equitable access for all, regardless of gender, underpins the planning and design of our cities, places and services.

Desired outcomes:

  • Design for equality: Place planning, design and decision-making involves women and gender diverse people to ensure the needs of our diverse communities are met.
  • Leadership: Executives and senior leaders support and champion the participation of women and gender diverse staff to create an environment free from gender-based exclusion.
  • Champion and participate: Organisations proactively identify their capabilities and networks to lead, co-ordinate, advocate and participate in women's safety initiatives.

2. Listen, share and reflect

Communication, knowledge and evidence are key to influencing effective enduring change.

Desired outcomes:

  • Communication: Policies, principles and best practice women’s safety solutions are shared to build collective knowledge and drive change.
  • Data: Improved data collection and insight sharing enables a better understanding of the issues and informs solutions.
  • Reporting: Women are supported to report safety incidents and there is a clear, straightforward process to get help if needed.

3. Collective action and continuous improvement

Active participation through collaboration, united action and reflective practice.

Desired outcomes:

  • Collaboration: Charter participants actively work together, leveraging their knowledge and expertise to build safer cities and places.
  • Process: Organisational policies and procedures are designed and updated in response to insights and data, so solutions are evidence-based.
  • Evaluation: The effectiveness of initiatives is tracked and regularly evaluated to support ongoing improvement.