Every day when a woman steps out of her home, she has to worry. She has to worry about getting from one place to another safely; that she is not being harassed when she walks to work, not touched inappropriately in a local train or a crowded bus, not being leched at by the rickshaw wala through the rear view mirror, or not taken to a secluded route by the taxi drivers. The worry grows as the night approaches.
A lot of sexual abuse, assault and harassment cases occur when women are mobile. Every other day we read about how a woman jumped out of a local train to escape a molester; was sexually abused in a taxi; was beaten up, molested and thrown out of an Auto-rickshaw in Thane.
All these instances not just affect the spirit of women to go out, work, perform and progress, but also over a period of time accustom women to stop putting up a fight and create a safety box full of restrictions for themselves by simply giving in. And that is not fair!
It is every woman’s right to demand safety when she steps out of the house, whether it is on foot, in a cab, in a local train, an auto-rickshaw or even a flight.
So, this year as a part of the 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM (a global campaign against Gender Based Violence), we want to talk about #safetyinmobility! How safe are you as a woman, and what is being done to ensure your safety while travelling, commuting or even walking!
So, this is a chance for all women to share their stories, experiences and insights. Be a part of the campaign by bringing out the issues that you have faced. Let us together demand #safetyinmobility!
READ A STORY, THE STORY OF WOMEN”S MOBILITY
THE WOMEN SPEAK:
HOW SAFE ARE OUR WOMEN?