Take action on violence against women | ActionAid UK

A woman marches in Heliopolis, Sao Paulo, for better street lighting to bring down violence against women

Arthur Maringani/ActionAid

Take action on violence against women

Women in 10 countries are demanding city governments clamp down on violence and street harassment. Add your voice to theirs now.

“Fear has never stopped me going to class because I have a major goal. But I go all my way praying, asking God to protect me. I am afraid of being robbed and raped.” - Jaqueline, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Not enough is being done to tackle violence against women in cities. More than a third of the world’s population now live in cities – but for women, they are often places of intimidation, harassment and physical danger.

That’s unacceptable. And local governments must do more about it. They can help make sure girls have safe routes to school, and install enough street lighting that women can safely travel to night classes, or get home from work. They can make sure women have access to important public services, and act to stamp out harassment on public transport.

We have a chance to make this happen. This November, ActionAid is meeting with Parks Tau, the President of the international body representing local and city governments, in South Africa. It’s a vital opportunity to make them sit up and take action.​

Between now and then, ActionAid campaigners in 10 countries are going all out to collect signatures, messages, and personal stories. We’ll hand these all in to President Parks Tau together, to demand that local governments make their cities safe places for women and girls.

No one should have to live in fear on the streets of their own city. Please sign and share our petition to President Parks Tau now, and demand that local governments make their cities safe for women.

Sign the petition on violence against women

Email to a friend

Have you been affected by violence?

If you or a woman you know is facing violence, you can get help by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 – it’s free and open 24 hours. You can also visit their website below:

Visit the National Domestic Violence Helpline

You may also be interested in…

We campaign in the UK to help women around the world fight for their rights. Find out more, and see how you can get involved.

ActionAid campaigners in 20 countries are working hard to tackle violence against women in cities. Read about the difference they're making.

Violence against women and girls affects 1 in 3 women around the world. We work alongside grassroots women's rights organisations to change this.