We organised a National Conference on “Safety for She: Building Equitable Urban Spaces” in partnership with the Asia Foundation, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Saftipin in November this year.
The conference was the culmination of the project on improving urban safety of women with our partners and saw the presence of who’s who from the industry involved in building safer urban spaces, from the likes of Smart City leaders of KPMG to the social media jounalists.
The conference was inaugurated by H.E. Shin Bongkil (Korean Ambassador), Dr. Ranjana Kumari (Director, Centre for Social Research), Ms. Nandita Baruah (Country Representative, The Asia Foundation), Dr. Kalpana Vishwanath (CEO and Founder, SafetiPin.)
The conference was also graced by Shri Kailash Gahlot, Transport & Environment Minister of Delhi, who shared about the initiatives of Delhi Govt. towards urban safety of women.
Centre for Social Research led the panel discussion on Police Capacity building and Systemic Challenges to Policing. We also steered passionate discussion on women’s right to access public spaces. Each panel discussion and presentation was followed by a passionate question and answer session with the audience.
At the National Conference
“People feel threatened when women access public spaces. Are smart cities really smart without women’s safety? The change in mindset is necessary as we need to be ready and willing to except women in the public spaces.”
Ms. Nandita Baruah, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation.
Dr. Ranjana Kumari (CSR) | Mr. Brijesh Singh, IG Cyber( Mah) | Mr. Murty NSN, Leader – Smart Cities (PwC) | Ms. Nilanjana Bhowmick, Journalist & Researcher | Mr. C. Ravindra, Dir. NIDEM | Ms. Shampa Tikait, Public Prosecutor – CBI
“The planning of smart cities was not done with “gender” in mind. Hence, India has a “gender blind infrastructure.”
Ms. Nilanjana Bhowmick (Journalist & Researcher)
“While challenging patriarchy we must challenge the restrictions put on women to safeguard them.”
Ms. Anika Verma (Breakthrough)
“The structure of the city needs to be changed; the cities at present are not organized keeping the vulnerable section (elderly, children, and women) of the society in mind. Then policy orientned discourses for women, effective use of technology, engagement of the police to ensure safety will enable the bigger coalition to being changes.”
Dr. Ranjan Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research.