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Women's Safety Charter turns one

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With 70 participants signed up and a strong and active Community of Practice, this International Women's Day (8 March) marks a very successful first year for the Greater Sydney Women's Safety Charter, launched by the Commission in partnership with Transport for NSW and the Committee for Sydney last year.

With new organisations joining regularly, the participants share a commitment to making Greater Sydney a safer place for all women and actively share best practices, policy changes and innovations in the safety space.

Greater Sydney Commission CEO, Elizabeth Mildwater said the Charter recognises the diverse experiences of women and aims to promote a safer city for women of all ages, abilities, identities, and social and cultural backgrounds.

"We want Greater Sydney to have a global reputation as safe place for women to work, live and visit," Elizabeth said.

"Making a city more female friendly brings wider social and productivity benefits.

"Women should feel safe participating in the many social and cultural opportunities Greater Sydney has to offer," she said.

The Charter has three foundational principles:

  1. Culture of Gender Equity - A culture where women are equal and well considered when designing places and services.
  2. Commitment to listen, share and reflect - Communication, knowledge and evidence are key to influencing effective enduring change. 
  3. Commitment to collective action and continuous improvement - Active participation through collaboration, united action and reflective practice.

Find out more about the Greater Sydney Women's Safety Charter.

In keeping with this year's International Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge, showcased in the video above, the Commission asked Charter participants to raise their hand and share what they choose to challenge, helping create an inclusive city.