Being a girl in India is synonymous with fear - a fear that lurks in dark alleys and public spaces. These findings from Save the Children’s report: ‘World of India’s Girls 2018 – A Study on the Perception of Girl Safety in India’s Public Spaces’ narrate the sorry tale of the status of girl safety in India.
Save the Children's work for girls and women's safety in public spaces received positive reassurance from the Uttar Pradesh government with the allocation of 8.2 crores for the cause. Our work on this started almost a year back when we initiated our campaign #LightUpHerLife. This power-packed campaign aimed to make public spaces safer for women. We did a mass movement to identify unlit areas, advocated for CCTV cameras on streets and demanded street lights in unlit and isolated areas. All section of the society joined the demand for lighting up spaces across the state and capital city of Lucknow. The budget allocation by the government for this cause is a ray of hope for better and safer days for women and girls.
In collaboration with the Department of Women's Safety of Telangana Police, Save the Children launched a novel Volunteering programme for colleges across Telangana, called 'Safety Clubs.' The launch of this unique programme had a great turnout of over 1200 college heads/principals, with the launching event held in Hyderabad.
'Safety Clubs' programme aims to take women and girl safety in Telangana to a new level by allowing the youth, to easily connect with the concerned remedial bodies such as the police, counsellors, etc.
Save the Children partners with Women Safety Wing, Telangana Police and Lead Life Foundation to set up 'Safety Clubs' in five colleges to ready solutions to safety challenges faced by girls, women and children through ensuring easier access to police. These safety clubs will be run through youth volunteers from the institutions and will act as a bridge between the police and the student community for services like legal aid, counseling services, access to helplines.
We hosted a campaign moment on girl safety with St. Xavier's College in Kolkata, on 16th February. The event had a more than 500 children from various parts of the city who were informed about the issues of girl’s safety through a skit.
Save the Children in partnership with IIT Bombay brought together the 3rd edition of 'The Changemakers Series' on the issue of Girl Safety in India ahead of the National Day of Girl Child (24 January). An engaging discussion with leading influencers including Dia Mirza, Actor and Artist Ambassador - Save the Children, Elsa Marie D'Silva, Founder and CEO - Safecity, Nayana Chowdhury, Director of Program - Breakthrough, Anand Tewari, Actor and Director, Latifa Sheikh - Child Champion, and Pragya Vats, Head of Campaigns, Save the Children. The panel was moderated by Nikhil Taneja, Co-founder and CEO - Yuvaa.
Delhi Government has declared over 2 Lakh LED street lights in Delhi to make India safer for Girls
Radio City joins Save the Children and YUVA to make India safer with #BattiLagaDenge
how many times have we had to use these self-defence techniques to save ourselves from the unwanted gaze of people on the road? How many of these have you done?