MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - This morning, Women In Cities International (WICI), in collaboration with the City of Montreal, proudly presented the Parc-Extension's Urban Safety Needs Assessment Report at it's media launch that took place at the Council Chambers of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension located at 405, Ogilvy Avenue, second floor. This event occurred within the scope of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign which was the perfect occasion to address public space safety issues.
With the media, various partners and many of its members in attendance, Lori Palano, Project Coordinator for WICI, and Marie-Ève Desroches, Analyst for WICI, provided the results of the large-scale research that was carried on a one year time frame and that represents the first stepping-stone of the Where are the women and the girls? project. Also, Ms. Mary Deros, City Counsellor (Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension), took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of public participation in the urban development of Parc-Extension. An Experience Sharing Workshop amongst the attendees followed the event. " Since I became a mother, I barely ever get out of my house because I simply don't know what's there to do for women. So, it was important for me to participate in this event to help women like me socialize. " highlighted Mrs. Hajar Belkacem.
WICI's Where are the women and the girls? project aims to consider and to act on Parc-Extension's public spaces to increase the women and the girls' safety. The project's goal is to identify the women and girls' perceived insecurity in public spaces, and to understand the factors that contribute to this. WICI is a not-for-profit network that focuses on gender equality and the participation of women in urban development. This project advances WICI's mission which is to generate and exchange knowledge on women's and girls' experiences in urban environments.
SOURCE: Women in Cities International
For further information: please contact Lori Palano, Project Coordinator, by phone at 514-861-6123 or by email at [email protected]