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Women Navigating Public Spaces

December 19, 2022 @ 10:00 - 16:00 UTC+2


Policy Lab for Belgium

Research has shown that in Belgium, 91% of women aged 15-24 have experienced sexual harassment in public space, compared to 28% of young men. This systemic behaviour against women infringes on their right to the city and limits their ability to navigate public space freely, safely and comfortably.

The upcoming Policy Lab aims to respond to these widespread patterns by shedding light on the importance of behaviour change to eradicate gender-based harassment.


The Policy Lab will address three concrete objectives:

  1. Developing a common understanding and awareness of what is perceived as safe in public spaces
  2. Sharing best practices on innovative measures that can make cities safer
  3. Discussing the importance of behaviour change in eradicating gender-based harassment


Language: Simultaneous in English, French and Dutch. Find the event description in French and Dutch
The event is open and the registration free of charge.


Register using the pink button and fill out this form to finalise your registration.

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Residence Palace
Wetstraat 155
Brussels, 1040 Belgium
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10:00 - 10:10  :  Welcome by Caroline Gennez, Federal Minister for Development Cooperation and Urban Policy
10:10 - 10:20  :  Welcome by Martin Grisel, Director, EUKN
10:20 - 10:45  :  Keynote by Els Enhus, Emeritus Professor of criminology, VUB
10:45 - 12:15  :  Roundtable on approaches to women's safety in public spaces
12:30 - 13:30  :  Lunch break
13:30 - 15:30  :  3 interactive workshops (FR/ NL/ EN) with the projection of a video on harassment and discussions
15:30 - 16:00  :  Reporting of the break out rooms by moderators and closing remarks from SPP and EUKN


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Els Enhus

Professor emeritus in criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Université Libre de Bruxelles

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Astrid De Bruycker

Municipal officer for Equal Opportunities, Municipality of Ghent

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Carla Napolano

Deputy-director, European Forum for Urban Security (Efus)

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Liesbet Stevens

Deputy-director, Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

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Wouter Stes

Advocacy Coordinator for Safer Cities, Plan International Belgium

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Lydia Mutyebele Ngoi

Municipal officer for Equal Opportunities, Municipality of Brussels