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In the wake of the notorious gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, and in the run-up to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, 4-15 March 2013, today we launch a series of articles focused on how we can eliminate violence against women and girls in our cities, produced in collaboration with the Huairou Commission, as part of their Global Day of Action for Safer Cities.

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Public violence is not limited to rape or harassment. Any woman who has limited her movement, subconsciously or consciously, has experienced violence in the form of insecurity, fear and oppression.

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