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Women in Cities International (WICI) is a network organization based in Montreal, Canada, that focuses on gender equality and the participation of women and girls in urban development. The organization is dedicated to the identification, development, adaptation and dissemination of good practices, tools and intervention models. It was established in 2002 after the need for its presence was recognized at the First International Seminar on Women’s Safety, held in Montreal, Canada.
With its partners, WICI conducts action research to facilitate knowledge and experience-sharing on the improvement of women’s and girls’ safety and status in cities and communities. WICI also leads the development of innovative global programs with local women and girls at the center, and offers technical assistance and capacity development to others wanting to work on the issues. Women’s safety is a priority issue for the organization since the everyday violence and insecurity women and girls experience is a major barrier to achieving gender equality. Violence and insecurity reduce women’s mobility and restrict their ability to freely exercise full citizenship. WICI believes that women and girls must be actively involved in all phases of urban development and governance for there to be a transformative impact towards making cities safer and more inclusive for all.