Safecity Circle meets for Anti-Street Harassment Week

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted April 14, 2019 from India

On 7th April, Vanshika Siya Deswal, Youth Outreach Officer at Safecity, launched the pilot session of Safecity Circles in Delhi on the first day of Anti-Street Harassment Week. The theme was sexual harassment and transgender visibility.

The circle talked about issues of Safety in public spaces. Joined by current and former volunteers, the conversation was very informative and engaging wherein everyone shared their thoughts on safety, street harassment and how unsafe we are in public spaces.

They discussed about how the roots of gender inequality have extended itself so much that harassment and rapes have unfortunately became the worst and most common of all the crimes.  The Circle spoke about the issue of inclusion and acceptance that transgenders still face, especially in India. They talked about the idea of ‘preferred pronouns’ and how people need to be more conscious about others choices. Some of the members also shared their stories of sexual harassment. The Circle also included a ‘Gender is a feeling’ session where members discussed the difference between sex and gender.

“Being able to live comfortably, speak freely without the fear of being underestimated is what Safecity means for me,” says the Campus Ambassador of Hansraj College.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019

Hi Elsa,

Thanks for sharing this interesting new development of the "Safecity Circles." It sounds like a very productive meeting, but I'm curious about why sexual harassment was coupled with transgender visibility? Is their a personal connection with the two for the attendees? I wouldn't necessarily have put the two topics together, although I'm sure there is a lot of harassment for transgender people.

Wusufor
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 18, 2019

This is definitely an important workshop in this era with much rape case all over the world. Really so terrible! Thanks for sharing.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 20, 2019

Good

otahelp
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Safecity your group is really doing some hard jobs. going to public drinking places to talk about GBV occured to me this morning and i was not very confident that i can pull it off. i am encouraged by your work to try it out. thank you for sharing.

Paulina Nayra
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

We need this information, Elsa. Having an avenue where young people can share their thoughts and concerns about their safety is a laudable initiative. Please share with us more. Like, how do the boys think about safety? is there a difference between the safety concerns of boys and girls? What are their recommendations on how to make a safe city? How can young people contribute?

This means.. tell us more :-)

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

HI Elsa,
Thank you for the amazing work that you are doing. It is true that a safe city should actually make people feel safe and secure and should be heard and included. This was quite a good deliberation and we are grateful for all the updates on your work and progress.
Have a great day.

paiges
Apr 02
Apr 02

This sounds like an interesting discussion, and it's great to see you raising awareness of these efforts. I would love to hear more about future discussions and efforts.

anita shrestha
Apr 03
Apr 03

thank you for sharing