To mark International Women’s Day, Martha Farrell Foundation (MFF), in collaboration with PRIA and Pro Sport Development (PSD), launched the “Safe City Campaign” to:
● Understand the perceptions of citizens about the safety of women in their cities through an online poll
● Engage with citizens by sharing the findings of the poll
● Facilitate dialogue/ conversations between citizens and other stakeholders through online and offline mediums.
From 20th February to 20th March, 2109, the campaign organized a total of 60 events in 20 cities of the country, engaged with more than 3500 participants and partnered with 25 institutions. A variety of activities, which included, cultural events, multi-stakeholder dialogues, citizens’ forums and group discussion were organized, in collaboration with civil society organizations, workers’ unions, students’ groups, coaching institutions, auto unions, universities, temple management committees and government bodies.
As a part of this campaign, the Safe City Poll was launched on 20th February, 2019. The poll ended on 15th March, 2019 and received a total of 2679 responses from 25 metro and 147 non-metro cities. The composition of the respondents was as follows:
● 84% of the respondents were from non- Metro cities
● 67% of the respondents were below the age or 25
● 45% were between the age of 19-24 years, which includes students pursuing higher education
● 15% of the respondents were housewives, who belonged to non-metro locations
● 59% respondents were women.
Some of the salient findings of the poll are as follows:
● 57% of the respondents stated that men’s attitude and behaviour is a major factor towards women’s unsafety in public places
● More than 40% of the respondents stated that poorly lit streets and insufficient police patrolling also contribute to lack of women’s safety
● 26% of the respondents indicated that safe public transport and effective law enforcement are lacking in the cities
● 80% of the respondents also said that women feel the most unsafe in public place at night time
● 18 % stated that they find their own office or workplaces unsafe; 6.8% (mostly students) stated that schools and colleges are also unsafe for women and girls
● People see women’s helpline number and visiting a women police station as the most effective way of recourse and redressal
● 38% stated that they are comfortable with using a mobile app
● Shockingly, 7% stated that they still choose to ignore the incident.
The data received from this poll and insights generated from the events are currently being analysed to streamline future points of action for further engagement and advocacy. Some of the insights were as follows:
“Every women has a right to execute her choice, live with dignity”
“यह एक अच्छी जानकारी थी, जिसे हम समुदाय के लोगों व किशोरियों तक पहुँचाने में सफल हुए | इस तरह के अभियान के द्वारा हम आगे भी जानकारियां बढ़ाते रहेंगे”
“Safety for all should be the Agenda for all political parties in Election 2019”
“स्कूल की शिक्षा में जेण्डर को भी लाना बहुत ही जरूरी हैं”
“It is mostly because of men's attitude, the way they stare at us, they pass comments and even try to touch us intentionally”
We thank Fontal Development Foundation, Jharkhand Centre for Youth Social Development, Bhubaneswar, Samarthan, Madhya Pradesh, Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, Uttar Pradesh, Child in Need Institute, West Bengal, Anubhuti, Maharashtra, Rubaroo, Telengana, Kashi Vidyapeeth University, Uttar Pradesh, Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Chhattisgarh and Central Tibetan Administration, Himachal Pradesh for their partnership and support.