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Aim for a Well-balanced Programme

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In order to sustain a safe cities for women programme over time, a balance needs to be created between social, environmental, economic, and cultural perspectives. Each of these ways of thinking about safe cities for women includes specific considerations. These considerations are complementary – when one is missing, there is a gap in the programme (Clement, K. 62). For example, a safe cities for women programme in India may decide to address transportation safety for women and girls by extending its service into a nearby slum, with the reasoning that it will be safer for women and girls to travel into the city by public transport than by foot. However, if the programme fails to adjust its fees or offer free service for slum dwellers, the extended service will exclude many women and girls who cannot afford it and will not succeed in making transportation safer for its main target group.