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Ensuring Safe and Inclusive Spaces: GESI and Safeguarding Tips for Local Organizations

December 2023 — This resource provides background and practical tools to help an organization ensure safe and inclusive spaces in its programming. It includes information on the importance of safe and inclusive spaces and the barriers that different groups face, as well as how the principles of reasonable accommodation and universal design can help create these spaces. It also offers guidance to support an organization to define and assess the safety and inclusiveness of a space based on five dimensions: (1) accessibility, (2) safety, (3) inclusive utilization, (4) ownership and (5) sustainability. In addition, it answers key questions and provides guidance to help organizations prioritize and plan actions they can take to enhance safe and inclusive spaces.