Recently, to mark International Youth Day 2018, our youth leaders in Panipat Haryana conducted Participatory Safety Assessments (PSAs) of six public places in Panipat City to analyze what encumbers the safety of girls and women in these spaces. These public places consisted of monuments, parks, public libraries, museums and markets. They presented their findings to Ms. Sumedha Kataria, District Collector (DC) Panipat and her team yesterday, to seek the support of the District Administration to make all public spaces safe for girls and women. The District Administration appreciated the effort of the youth leaders and has joined hands with them to work on issues of public gender exclusion in Panipat.These youth leaders are students of Govt. Industrial Technical Institute (ITI) Panipat and have been working with Martha Farrell Foundation (MFF) for the past few months. During their interaction with the DC, they raised issues on unsafety of girls and women on streets, in public transportation, schools and colleges. In the coming months, the youth will be working with the Transport Safety Programme of Panipat District Administration to conduct PSAs of 20 more public places in Panipat and help officials to take relevant action.
●Installation of proper lighting in these public spaces
●Provision of proper security measures like CCTV cameras and guards
●Provision of well-lit, clean and safe public toilets in all public places
●Installation of drinking water tanks at all public places
●Regular police patrolling at public places
Martha Farrell Foundation extends its heartfelt gratitude to Ms. Sumedha Kataria and her team for their support. The interaction between the youth leaders and her team was also covered by leading Hindi dailies like Dainik Bhaskar, Amar Ujala and Punjab Kesari (please refer to the images on the left).
To know more about Participatory Safety Assessments, please read: http://marthafarrellfoundation.org/kbc-event-detail.php?eid=162