Efforts to make busses safer for women

Business Standard

Press Trust of India


To make bus rides safer for women, a global human rights organization, ‘Breakthrough’ started a campaign today to initiate a discussion between government, transport organizations and civil society to restore women’s faith in accessing public transport.

The campaign is an initiative by Breakthrough on the occasion of International Women’s Day aimed at creating a safe and secure enviornment for women in Delhi.

“As a part of the campaign, we will reach out to women across all sections to come together, make them board a bus and show the city through pictures, text and video that they are reclaiming the space on the public transport that is rightfully theirs.

“The idea is to create a platform where they share their experiences, voice their concerns and offer solutions that create safer and more secured environment for them,” said Sonali Khan, vice-president, India, Breakthrough.

Quoting a survery done by the UN Women, Breakthrough members said that 82 per cent of women felt that buses are the most unsafe mode of transport in Delhi.

88 per cent of women felt that when a woman is harassed in a public place, she rarely or never gets any help from the public and 97 per cent respondents in felt sexual harassment of women is fairly common.

According to the survey, women feel that their vulnerability to harassment in public spaces crosscuts age, marital status and economic strata.

The campaign kick started with flash mobs being organized in various busy centres in Delhi.

Find the original article here.