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Do you live in one of the world’s safest cities?

Tokyo claims top spot in report into the world’s safest cities

Safety first

How safe do you feel in your city? Turns out it’s not such an easy question to answer as the concept itself differs from person to person – country-dwellers might not consider it possible to define any urban environment as safe, for instance. Last year’s Safer Cities project, commissioned by UN-Habitat with the aim of making urban areas safer to inhabit, gathered together some interesting initiatives with unexpected results – including the use of mime artists to improve road traffic safety in Bogota – yes, really!

Interestingly, the idea of safety isn’t directly related to the incidence of violent crime – terrorism and cybercrime are in the increase as urban areas rely more heavily on tech and systems that govern transport and communications targets for hackers.

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US 65th in World on Gender Pay Gap


gender pay gap

Mind the gap

People talk a lot about what’s fair. But in a world where most women earn less than men for doing the same job, fairness seems to take a back seat. The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) charts only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in recent years. In fact, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60% worldwide, having closed by just 4% from 56% in 2006. There isn’t anywhere in the world where a woman gets the same pay for doing the same job as a man and, according to the report, we might have to wait another 80 years or so to close the gap.

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