A team from Martha Farrell Foundation went to Satyawati College (Evening) on the request of the students to conduct Participatory Safety Assessment of their college.
Sexual harassment, eve teasing, rape and sexual assault in public spaces such as academic institutions, roads, playgrounds, market places, bus stands, etc have become so much a part of the everyday lives of women and girls that it almost seems “normal”. Unsafe public spaces restrict the freedom of movement of women and girls to participate in school, work and recreational activities including often access to essential services such as water and health services. It is important to understand the extent of the issue prevalent in the chosen community. Do we know all the spaces that are safe and unsafe in our locality?
To understand the situation in the college, the team facilitated PSA with the students. In the process the students mapped their college first and then identified safe/unsafe and moderately safe or unsafe places. On the second day, as discussed the students presented the map prepared by them in front of the teachers and college management. The students not only shared the problems attached to the unsafe/ moderately safe places but also shared their recommendation to bring the change in the college environment to make it more conducive for the students, teaching and non teaching faculty and visitors.