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Project details

Safer Cities for Girls Solomon Islands , RUN BY: Plan International Australia | STATUS: COMPLETED

Plan International

Girls in Honiara participating in Safer Cities for Girls community club activities, advocating for girls’ safety

This project is 100% Funded



AUD 18,323

Raised from 2,866 people

Who we are

The Global Safer Cities for Girls Program is a joint program developed in partnership between Plan International, Women in Cities International, and UN-HABITAT, carried out in 19 cities across 11 countries. Similar to other cities across the world, girls’ safety in Honiara, Solomon Islands is impacted by many factors including: the built environment, access to safe transport and services, laws, harmful social and cultural norms that enable the existence of unequal power dynamics, gender-based discrimination, and violence against women and girls.

Website: https://www.plan.org.au/why-girls/our-work/safe-cities/

Issue: Equality

Project Background

Based on global research by Plan International, adolescent girls seldom feel safe in cities. They experience sexual harassment, physical violence, exploitation and insecurity, and are often excluded from decision-making processes - impacting their safety, wellbeing and ability to access even the most basic of services.

With cities and public transport primarily designed by men, adolescent girls’ experiences and their needs and opinions are hardly ever recognised.

After completing a Safer Cities for Girls baseline report in 2019, it was clear adolescent girls in Honiara also did not feel safe in public spaces. Of the 236 girls who participated in focus group discussions and interviews, only 7% of girls said they “always feel safe in public”. The key reasons adolescent girls did not feel safe in Honiara were the high levels of sexist behaviours and sexual harassment they have experienced, or fear they will experience, in public.

The top five perceived safety risks for girls in public spaces identified through the Honiara research were:

(1)    drunk and intoxicated people

(2)    theft

(3)    verbal harassment

(4)    touching

(5)    rape

The overarching goal is to build safe, accountable and inclusive cities with and for all adolescent girls. The program aims to increase girls’ safety and access to public spaces, mobility in the city; and increase their active and meaningful participation in urban development and governance.

Project Objectives:

·       Conducting girl-led community mapping and safety walks of their local areas, with feedback on areas they feel unsafe and recommendations for improvements delivered to local government stakeholders and authorities.

·       Supporting young people to a host public art exhibition designed to amplify youth voices and raise community awareness of the gender and safety issues important to them.

·       Advocacy and influencing training for 50 young people to build their capacity to engage with local governments and the transport sector on safety issues that affect them.


How was this funded?

Thanks to hundreds of tiny donations from these online businesses and their customers.

World Nomads USA
World Nomads Canada
Travel Insurance Direct AU
World Nomads Australia
World Nomads NZ
World Nomads UK
World Nomads Global
World Nomads Europe
World Nomads Ireland
Plan International Australia

Put simply, we’re the charity for girls’ equality.

We tackle the root causes of poverty, support communities through crises, campaign for gender equality, and help governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls. We are a secular organisation with no religious or political affiliations.We believe a better world is possible. An equal world; a world where all children can live happy and healthy lives, and where girls can take their rightful place as equals.

Visit: plan.org.au