Safer and Inclusive Cities

The right for women and girls to exist freely in public spaces, actively participate in their communities, and access the opportunities their cities offer is a fundamental right that cannot be compromised. At Polycom Development, in collaboration with the Huairou Commission, we strive tirelessly to create safe cities, where women and girls can reclaim public spaces, enhance their mobility, and navigate their surroundings with confidence, regardless of disability or age.

Our efforts transcend mere conversations and extend to engaging urban planners at various levels, from sub-county to national, ensuring that the voices and needs of women and girls are heard and integrated into city planning. We passionately advocate for their rights and safety, addressing issues such as violence against women and the creation of inclusive spaces.

Polycom is proud to be part of international conferences and forums, including the CSWs, Afri-cities, and United Nations agencies, where we contribute to critical discussions on women’s safety. Our involvement extends to influential platforms like the Nairobi Summit (ICPD), where we champion conversations centered around women’s safety and address the pressing challenges they face.

Promoting safety within communities is at the heart of our work. We believe that peace-building efforts are crucial in establishing a secure environment for all. By partnering with local and national authorities, we emphasize the importance of incorporating women’s recommendations into safety policies. Together, we advocate for inclusive and comprehensive measures that protect and empower women.

Empowering grassroots women as policy influencers lies at the core of our mission. Through capacity building programs, we equip community women leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively advocate for change. This includes training and exchange programs that strengthen their abilities to engage at both local and national levels, enabling them to actively participate in decision-making processes and even compete for political positions.

We firmly believe that when women are involved in leadership, true equality can be achieved. By recognizing women as equal partners in planning, designing, implementing, and monitoring public projects, we foster a society that values their contributions. We also hold governments accountable for their decisions and commitments, promoting transparency and ensuring that the voices of women are respected and heard.

Join us as we continue to pave the way towards safer cities, where women and girls can thrive, unleash their potential, and contribute to building a future where equality knows no bounds. Together, we can create a world where every woman feels safe, empowered, and celebrated.