Shaping Tomorrow: Creating Safe Spaces for Girls and Women

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Child Friendly Cardiff in partnership with the Safeguarding Adolescents from Exploitation (SAFE) team, Cardiff Met Sport, and Cardiff And Vale University Health Board (CAVUHB) hosted over 100 delegates at Sparc|Spark in Cardiff on February 27th 2024. 

As part of a broad range of plans to address gender equity in the City, Child Friendly Cardiff and partners invited stakeholders from the public sector, third sector and private sector, in a bid to pool expert minds in shaping our City to become safer and healthier for girls and women. 

Esteemed guest speakers included: 

Dr Jenny Wood, A Place in Childhood;  

Karen Whybro, Women’s Safety Charter;  

Dr Anna Barker, University of Leeds;  

Susannah Walker, Make Space for Girls; 

Fiona Stocker, Abianda 

Georgia Theodoulou, Our Streets Now 

Dr Matluba Khan and Dr Neil Smith, Cardiff University 

The event hosted workshops covering topics such as the nighttime economy, community mapping, contextual safeguarding, public sexual harassment, and bringing girls into the design of parks. Delegates from planning, police, youth services and much wider brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the event, enabling us to map out our strengths and opportunities in topical area of work.  

The day was expertly hosted by Nikki Giant (Girl Lab) and Arthur Templeman-Lilley (Cardiff Youth Council). Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with aspirations of becoming the best City in the UK for girls and women to feel safe and healthy during the day’s final visioning exercise.  

You can find all of the resources, presentations, speaker bio’s and much more on the event padlet here!