YWCA Adelaide’s City Safety Mural:
Calling for Women’s Safety and Positive Bystander Intervention
YWCA Adelaide partnered with the Adelaide Fringe to develop a City Mural that sparks the conversation about women’s safety and street harassment.
We all have the right to feel safe and respected, but verbal harassment, wolf whistles, cat calls, and even unwanted physical contact can feel like part of daily life for women in public spaces.
In 2014, YWCA Adelaide developed the award-winning Rise Above the Pack campaign in response to a study reporting that 73% of Adelaide women tend to avoid the CBD at times when they feel at increased risk of harassment.
Rise Above the Pack aims to engage men and women in a meaningful conversation about street harassment, gender equality and the role that we all play in calling out behaviours and attitudes that put women at risk of violence.
To create a lasting reminder of the Rise Above the Pack campaign, we commissioned local Adelaide female artist Ella Simpson to create a vibrant laneway mural to brighten the space and raise awareness about women’s safety, gender equality and bystander intervention. The mural’s message is one of inclusivity, positivity and respect. We aim to keep people thinking and talking about their role in contributing to safe public spaces for women.
You can now view the Women’s Safety Mural on James Place (between Grenfell St & Rundle Mall).
The City Safety Street Art Project is an initiative of Rise Above the Pack and YWCA Adelaide, and proudly supported by Adelaide Fringe Street Art Explosion, Adelaide City Council, Rundle Mall Management Authority, Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee, Ink and Ruby Studios, and YOU! Here’s a video of our crowd-funding campaign: