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Women’s Safety

ICPC’s 8th Annual Colloquium on Crime Prevention / Quérétaro, Mexico

Author(s) : International Centre for the Prevention of Crime





ICPC’s 8th Annual Colloquium on Crime Prevention took place November 12-14th, 2008 in the City of Santiago de Querétaro, and was organised with the Ministry of Citizen Security and Safety, Government of the State of Querétaro.

Since the 1970s and 1980s, issues related to violence against women in both private and public spheres have increasingly become a central concern at the international level. Different cultural, political and economic contexts have made it difficult to measure and compare violence against women and to evaluate implemented strategies and practices. Furthermore, the increase in transnational crimes affecting women, including trafficking, forced labour, and sexual exploitation is a major issue. Moreover, the level of women’s safety has been found to be closely linked to the overall status of women. In order to fully understand women’s safety, it is imperative to take a gendered approach.

The effectiveness of women’s safety initiatives is often linked to the quality of the partnerships maintained between different sectors and stakeholders, including government, business, civil society, non-governmental organisations and others. Building inclusive and safe communities for women through informed urban design, and accommodation for diversity, were discussed during ICPC’s 8th Annual Colloquium. The role of women as active leaders in preventing crime was also explored. We sought to identify tools that have been developed to assist in the implementation of effective, evidence-based programmes (safety audits, tools, awareness-raising campaigns, etc.) in different countries.

More than 350 participants, from 30 countries in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, attended the event.

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The proceedings of the ICPC's 8th Annual Colloquium

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Opening Session

Ms. Raymonde Dury, President of International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC)


Keynote Address

Women’s Safety: a Shared Global Concern                                
Ms. Valérie Sagant, Director General, ICPC    
Safety, Gender Mainstreaming and Gender-Based Programmes
Ms. Caroline Moser - Professor and Director of the Global Urban Research Centre (GURC), School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, England
The Role of Cities and Local Governments in Women’s Safety
Mr. Alberto Concha Eastman, Regional Advisor on Violence and Injury Prevention, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)


Plenary Session:
Understanding the Realities of Violence against Women
Ms. Cecilia Andersson, Urban Safety Expert, Safer Cities Programme, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)  
Ms. Flor de Maria VALDEZ, Consultant, Inter-American Commission of Women (ICW) – Follow up Mechanism to the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI), Organization of American States (OAS)
The Belém do Pará  Convention    
Mr. Michel Marcus, Executive Director, European Forum for Urban Safety (FESU)
Violence against Women in Europe

Women’s Safety: Key Developments and Principal Challenges at the International Level
Mr. Yvon Dandurand, Senior Associate, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR & CJP), Canada
Ms. Cecilia Martínez, Director of Regional Office for Latin America and Caribean of UN-HABITAT (ROLAC), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
Mr. Eric Panloup, Chef d’Escadron (Chief of Squadron), Victim’s Assistance Delegation, Ministry of the Interior, France

Cities and Local Governments Forum
Mr. Franz Vanderschueren, Director of the Urban Safety Programme, University of Alberto Hurtado, Chile


Workshop 1: Measuring Violence: a Challenge to Developing Effective Programmes
Mr. Christophe Soullez, Chief of Department of the National Observatory of Delinquency (OND),
Ms. Marisa Canuto, Executive Director of Women in Cities International, Canada
Ms. Diane Alméras, Social Affairs Officer, Women and Development Unit, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Ms. Montserrat Sagot, Representative of the Department of Social Sciences, University Council, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica


Workshop 2: Transnational Crime and its Impact at the Local Level

Mr. Michel Marcus, Executive Director, European Forum for Urban Security (FESU)
Mr Felipe De La Torre, Crime Prevention Expert for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Marlyn Jones, Professor of Criminology at the University of West Indies, Jamaica                            


Workshop 3: Violence against Women and Community Safety       
Mr. Erich Marks, Director General, German Congress on Crime Prevention, Germany       
Mr. Vincenzo Castelli, Project Manager, Consorzio Nova, Italy                     
Ms. Luisa Vicioso, Ambassador, Responsible of Gender and Youth  Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dominican Republic

Workshop 4: Men’s Role in Women’s Safety
Mr. Michael Mann, Deputy Chief of Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Canada
Ms. Ivonne Fernandez, Expert Consultant, Family Tribunals, Chile
Mr. Mark Liddle, Managing Director, Applied Research in Community Safety Ltd. (ARCS)    


Workshop 5: Creating Safe and Inclusive Communities for Women
Mr. Smaïn Laacher, Sociologist, Researcher at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), University of Paris VII, France
Ms. Olga Segovia, Regional Coordinator of the programme “Cities without     violence, safer cities for women”, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Ms. Beatriz Rivera, National Coordinator of the “Rescuing public space” Programme, Federal Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL), Mexico
Mr. Ali Rame, Researcher, University of Rabat, Morocco


Workshop 6: Building Effective Partnerships
Ms. Liliana Rainero, Coordinator of Red Mujer y Hábitat, the Latin American Women and Habitat Network, Regional Coordinator of the Centre for Exchange and Services of the Southern Cone – Argentina (CISCSA), Argentina
Guide on Safe Cities for Women
Ms. Cookie Edwards, Director of KwaZulu-Natal Network on Violence Against Women (KZN), South Africa
Ms. Elizaveta Bozhkova, Director of the Information Centre of the Independent Women’s Forum, Russia
Ms. Mercedes Ampié, Commissioner, Office of Women and Children, National Police of Nicaragua


Workshop 7: Involving Women in Crime Prevention                                    

Ms. Astri Aas-Hansen
, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and the Police, Norway
Ms. Anne Michaud, International Consultant, Canada
Ms. Kalpana Viswanath, Secretary of the Executive Committee, JAGORI, India
Ms. Prossy Nakanjako, Senior Programme Officer, Raising Voices, SASA!, Preventing Violence Against Women and HIV, Uganda                                               


Workshop 8: Developing Integrated Strategies
Mr. Franz Vanderschueren, Director of the Urban Safety Programme, University Alberto Hurtado, Chile
Ms. Teresa Carvalho, Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Portugal
Mr. Arno Lamoer, Commissioner of the South African Police Services (SAPS), South Africa