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Safe Cities and Gender

Issues

Dr. Vibhuti Patel, DIRECTOR, CSSEIP


&
Professor and Head,
Post Graduate Department of Economics,
SNDT Womens University,
Smt. Nathibai Thakersey Road, Churchgate,
Mumbai-400020
Tel91) (22) 22031879, Ext.243, Mobile9321040048

Breakdown of the inherent laws


of society

Urbanisation often goes hand in hand with a


rise in urban violence and crime.
Extortion
children and women are seen as soft spots
victims of violence
One kidnapping in the city is enough, one
rape is enough and the feeling of insecurity
is spread like wild fire among the women
and children of those areas. This is in the
more traditional form of violence It not
only frightens them, it controls every act
they consider doing then onwards.
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Advantages of safety for


women

Feeling safe is to feel protected. It is a


feeling of well-being which can envelop a
family, a community, a neighbourhood and a
city.
Its composition is hard to decipher, but it is
an all -encompassing feeling of calm which
is often as invisible as clean unpolluted air
and, inversely, when fear and anxiety take
its place, that feeling is as palpable as
though it was a physical reality.
More freedom, less confinement & control
Opportunity to travel, education, job, career
Prevention of child marriage
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Law and Order" situation


&
the
state
Conflict makes women unsafe

Hostility between rival groups is played on


bodies of women and girls-rape, sexual
harassment
Insular existence
Harm to community spirit
Refugee camps
Child marriages increase in the context of
unsafe environment
Police Helpline -103, 1091
One stop crisis centres for women survivors
of violence: doctors, lawyers, police,
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emergency shelter, legal aid

Infrastructure and Safety


Need for safe Housing-Night shelter for homeless
women
Half way homes for elderly women
Information desk for women and children at railway
stations/buses
Road widening for 4 wheelers ad heavy vehicles
have taken toll of pavements-Proper foot paths for
pedestrians, vendors, hawkers whose presence
ensures safety
Proper lighting
Safety audit by Akshara- in Mumbai city there are
over 400 spots which are unsafe (Like Shakti Mill
Compound)
Safe, clean, free toilets at railway stations, bus
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stops, markets, public places

Violence Against Women

Gang rape, Seduction and Rape


Moral policing, honour killing
Kidnapping
Acid Attacks
Murders
Extortion
Senior women
Women headed households
Sex Trade-girls & women facing sexual
blackmail
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Cyber crimes

Malnutrition, MMR, CMR,


Malaria, Dengue, Tuberculosis,
HIV-AIDS
Slum sanitation-toilets

Stagnant water-Malaria, dengue


Water born diseases
T.B. , HIV-AIDS
Women as carers and as patients
High maternal and child mortality in urban
Slums
Malnutrition-More than 45% women and children
Food security-curbing inflation in essential
commodities
Strong public health measures: Closed gutters,
safe drinking water, health care facilities
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Safety at Schools &


Colleges

Child Sexual Abuse


Separate Toilets
Counselors
Sexual harassment
Stalking
Acid Attacks
Moral policing
Pornography-blue films
Transport-Buses, local trains

Safety of women
workers-

Women commuters-Railway stations,


bus stands, auto, taxi
Informal sector
Domestic workers
Call centres
Small scale industries
Offices
Corporate Sector
Markets
Public places
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Demands of Womens
Groups
More police officers on ground to deter

criminals
Better help lines-Efficient, effective and
ensure communication channels with police
are open
Gender sensitization of police personnel
Well lit streets, more CCTV cameras, panic
buttons on autos and cabs
No victim blaming
Transparent guidelines for post trauma care,
counseling, rehabilitation, compensation
Rise and Respond to Ensure safety of Women
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Women United will Never be


Defeated

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Thank you

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