16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence #OrangeTheWorld

The grasp of domestic violence perpetrators has tightened in times of the pandemic in India. Abuse victims are distanced from their regular support systems making it difficult for them to call out for help. On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister of India announced a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Within a fortnight, the National Commission of Women reported a 100% rise in complaints of domestic violence cases. A nationwide WhatsApp number was then launched by the NCW to provide an alternate method for women to report domestic abuse.

Hidden Pockets Collective run a campaign on Gender-based violence during the 16 days of Activism 2020 (25/Nov to 10/Dec) where we feature stories of violence from different regions in India and abroad. We have partnered with YUWA (Nepal), YANSL (Sri Lanka), Vishaka NGO (Rajasthan, India), Global Concerns India (Bangalore, Karnataka), Bembala Foundation (India), Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled (India), and an independent activist from Karnataka, India (Cynthia Stephen).

Stories of Violence

A 44 year old woman, married with three daughters aged 21, 16 and 14. In April, she called us around 1:00 AM. Her husband had been beating her and the children daily. Her husband, having previously worked abroad, now returned and opened two small hotels. Due to lockdown, hotels were closed and the family struggled and were forced to live off their savings. She went to the police who refused to help. She claimed to us that her husband paid them ‘bakshish’ frequently. The police stated that domestic violence does not fall under their purview. They advised her to go to court or the women’s helpline. The GCI team visited the family house. After some discussion, the husband left the house peacefully, promising not to be violent again. We had taken the Hoysala with us and the police ‘warned’ him before leaving. The violence restarted after a couple of days and now, there was no more food at home.

After lockdown ended in August, he opened the hotels and assigned his wife to handle the cash box at one hotel, as he managed the other. At home, the violence continued.

In October, the mother and children decided to act. We assisted them in filing a police case under 498A – cruelty in marriage. As a result, the husband was banned from the house. The woman was out of work. Her brother and mother was helping the family while she looked for a job

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A 31-year-old female migrant worker returning home from India’s tech hub of Bengaluru, was gang raped by three males after she was left alone in one of the quarantine centre of Nepal. As per the victim, the perpetrators were actually two volunteers and a health worker employed at the centre.

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A young Trans woman was harassed while walking on the road with her elder sister. The men recorded a video of them eve teasing the sisters and uploaded it onto social media. She has been often subjected to online bullying, especially on her TikTok profile.

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A 12-year-old girl from Bajhang district in western Nepal went missing on September 23. After a long search, her family members found her semi-naked body at a nearby temple. An autopsy report confirmed that the girl, who belonged to the Dalit community (ethnic minority), was sexually assaulted prior to her death. She was heading to a shed, thirty minutes away from her home. She was raped and murdered by an eighteen year old man. He had a criminal history but family members and the wider community always hide such crimes and don’t take any legal action.

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I was 23 years old when I got pregnant with my boyfriend. I met him at a party and fell in love with him. I discovered that I was pregnant during the Covid-19 lockdown. I was unable to access pharmacies to buy pills. Then, a friend of mine helped me find pills all the way from the Eastern Province. Since traveling from city to city was prohibited, I had to rely on the postal system. The pills took one and a half weeks to reach Colombo. I took the pills and went through the procedure alone, afraid and under no medical supervision.

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I was 18 years old, studying at a popular girl’s school in Colombo, when I realised I was pregnant. It all started while staying at my father’s friend’s home. When the lockdown was imposed, I decided to stay in Colombo without going home because the situation in the country was uncertain. One day, my father’s friend came into my room and forced himself on me. He threatened to murder me if I told anyone about the incident. Three or four weeks passed and I noticed that my period was late and I decided to walk to a nearby pharmacy. The pregnancy test came back positive and I decided to travel to the nearest government hospital amidst the lockdown. The ‘tuk’ I hired through an app was stopped by a police check-point and I explained that I was travelling to the hospital since I am not feeling well. After I reached the hospital I explained the incident to the hospital staff. The hospital staff took good care of me. They took measures to inform the police about my father’s friend and to inform my family about my situation. My parents were devastated after hearing my story but I have no other option but to carry a pregnancy caused because I was sexually abused. I even had to stop my schooling due to the pregnancy.

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Saritha (Name changed to protect identity), an HIV+ve 29 year old women, was 5 months pregnant when forced out of the house by her boyfriend during the first lockdown. She claimed to call the helpline for women in the police commissioner’s office but received no response. She walked around without any water or food and finally rested at a bus stop, hoping somebody would help. She remembered Global Concerns India’s number from a workshop she attended and called GCI. GCI arranged for a friend to give her some water and food to eat.They also instructed her to call 181, which she tried with no luck. I then tried the same and a female police officer answered after 30 seconds of instructions.

Brinda Adige from GCI quickly raised the issue and requested her to direct a Hoysala to the spot and find some shelter for this pregnant woman. Shockingly, this woman police insisted that Brinda tell her the name, address and phone number stating she would not accept me reporting this matter otherwise. Brinda tried again going into deeper details like colour of Saritha’s clothes and bus stop number. Yet, nobody reached her even when Brinda called her four hours later. She requested her friend to give Saritha more water.

Brinda called 181 again and got no response. Sh called friends at DWCD who promised to attend to the case. However, nobody reached her, even hours later. Brinda was forced to call ACS and coordinate with 7-8 officials from DWDC in addition to the local police. Two hours later, the woman was picked up from the bust stop and taken to a shelter.

She is doing better now, but has not filed against the boyfriend. Additionally, no action has been taken on grounds of negligence against duty bearers/helpline staff/police.

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Three years ago, 29-year-old Vimli from Salumbar block, married a Man named Kailash from the same area. This was both their second marriages. Kailash had a daughter from his first marriage but wanted a son and therefore, remarried Vimli. They were blessed with a baby boy. But, after a few months of their son’s birth, Kailash’s family began abusing her verbally & physically. They rented another house for Vimli some distance away from their house.

Sometimes, Kailash would visit Vimli with their son but over time, stopped bringing the child along. The abuse toward Vimli continued and they ultimately moved her to another village 15 KM away. During the lockdown, Kailash beat Vimli. He also locked her up in her house before leaving. Finally, Vimli’s neighbour supported her by calling Visakha’s helpline. The counsellor reached Vimli’s house and found her locked in. The counsellor also tried convincing Kailash to release Vimli and finally succeeded. After this incident, he stays with her at night but stopped supporting her. The counsellor again intervened, causing him to stop visiting the house altogether.

The counsellor was able to help Vimli by providing her with rations by involving the panchayat. They resumed discussions with Kailash regarding the child. He continued to refuse access. Vimli was then provided information about the DV Act and she decided to file a case.

Vishakha as a service provider processed for filing DIR under DV act. The court refused to take Vimli’s DIR and directed her to file through a Protection Officer. The Vishaka team met the PO and discussed the issue. The PO also refused her DIR pending a visit and evaluation. He, along with the Vishakha team, visited Vimli’s house and asked her questions. It was then agreed to file the DIR with the court. Kailash created an excuse for the case against him and he completely stopped communications with Vimli and relocated to Gujarat without leaving any info. The court has yet to take action on her case.

Vimli is now happy as the physical abuse has now stopped. In her words “I got my dignity back!” She is trying to get custody of her child with the help of the Visakha team. Through this long struggle, her basic documents could be processed and are ready, which will help her with employment in MNREGA. She now has the confidence & courage to take her fight ahead.

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My Name is Jonila A, from Begur, belongs to Bangalore Rural District. Karnataka. I am Speech and Hearing Impaired by birth. We are 4 members in my family: Father Mother and a younger sister who is doing nursing studies. My father is agricultural labour and mother is a tailor.

With the limited income they get they were unable to support education of me and my sister. It was difficult for me to study without the support of others class mates since I was deaf and dumb. Therefore I discontinued my studies and I was at home looking for some job. One fine day a staff from Samarthanam came to my house and talked about the training programs that are going on Samarthanam for the disabled people and urged me to join the program.

I was hesitant and my parents were scared to send me to Bangalore. After discussing in detail my parents were convinced to send me to the program. Samarthanam provided me with a very good learning environment and all my bath mates were very good, supportive.

I Had very good trainers who made my learning easy and comfortable. During the training period I learnt to speak in English, learnt to use computers and gained confidence and courage to face new situations and challenges. After the training I got through an interview and was selected for the post of Analyst in Ganvitha Technologies Pvt Ltd and earning Rs.12000/-. I am very happy about it. My parents and other friends feel proud about me. Thanks to Samarthanam who brought confidence and a ray of smile on my face.

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Meena, 35 y/o, from Hyderabad approached Hidden Pockets saying her husband made her leave her home almost a year ago. She has 1 daughter and they both live with Meena’s mother. Her mother constantly ask her when will she go back as in their culture she is not supposed to stay at her parents house for this long after marriage. Meena’s husband says that he won’t allow her until she show a mentally fit certificate. The certificate should be from the psychologist whom they (Husband and in-laws) have already manipulated. They want to declare Meena as mentally unfit and mad. Hidden Pockets referred her to Bharosha, Hyderabad and she received help through Bharosha.

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I was 17 years old when I got pregnant from my boyfriend. My father is a businessman and my mother is a house-wife. I have two older siblings and they both are studying at a state university. My boyfriend stopped talking to me when I told him about my pregnancy. My next and only resort was my parents. They were devastated by the news. First they tried to access a place that pregnancies can be terminated but access was impossible due to the curfew that was imposed island wide. Therefore my parents took me to the nearest government hospital. The staff at the government hospital directed me to a safe house that many other pregnant girls are being rehabilitated. I feel miserable and helpless. My dreams and my future are shattered into pieces.

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Anu was a single mother of two. After the second child was born the father became very violent and tried to take the newborn child away and “give” him away in adoption. He also denied any kind of support to them. We went to the Vanitha sahayavani where the social workers were shocked at the story and promptly took action to get him arrested.

The severe stress took a toll on Anu and she had to be admitted to NIMHANS with the baby for observation and diagnosis. While this process was on, and the doctors were treating them, the infant got seizures, and had to be treated for that as well. Due to lockdown the hospital was closed so they discharged Anu and the baby, giving suitable medicines to continue at home, and also gave contact numbers of the hospital in case there was any emergency.

As the medicines were over they got a fresh batch prescribed after booking appointments but this lot of medication didn’t suit her due to side effects. She would like to go and meet the doctors and get a fresh check-up for herself and the baby but hasn’t been able to go because she doesn’t have the money to go and also the money to buy the medicines – there’s barely enough money to eat and pay the rent.

How do single mothers denied any form of financial support and health services survive in such times? Already under treatment for mental health issues, there is risk to the lives of her children and herself if she decides to do anything drastic.

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A woman who had left her home in January and moved into a PG reached out to Bembala volunteers in the second week of March. Hers was a case of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband, whom she had been married to for over 20 years, and with whom she had three kids.

She was looking for the services of a lawyer, who could help her get a divorce. Bembala Foundation provided her with emotional support as part of our initial “befriending” process. After a few sessions, she agreed to trying a few other options.

In her own words, “Bembala’s care and guidance helped me make better life choices, and suggested ways to achieve my full potential. The mediation and befriending gave me great comfort, hope and courage to deal with my problems. You saved a once broken relationship….”

Often women think that that their only means of coping with abuse is silence. This woman broke the silence, which in turn helped her spouse realize the missing links in their marriage. The woman moved back into her home with her family, willing to try the marriage contract out for 3 months. It has worked out beyond those 3 months, with her ability to manage the ups and downs in her relationship, and being able to have more realistic expectations from her marriage. This woman has come a long way.

At one point she was depressed and had lost any hope for life. She is now back home and working as a teacher, an option for independence that her husband would not have accepted earlier.

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Corona Archives: Hidden-Pockets Collective

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s recent remarks on COVID-19 emphasized that “All countries must strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights”.

When health systems are overwhelmed, we need to make difficult decisions to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health service delivery. The provision of many services will become more challenging. Women’s choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health care, however, should be respected regardless of COVID-19 status.

We, at Hidden-Pockets Collective, ensured that we also are able to respond to this crisis with special focus on sexual and reproductive health.

Thought Publications : 

We ensured that sexual and reproductive health is not missed out while discussing the conversations around response to this. We produced specific articles with response to  COVID-19 crisis.

Menstrual Health Management

Pregnancy and Abortion

 

Policy focussed demands :

Social Media:

Instagram Live Sessions:

  • With Ungender Legal Advisory on Workplace Sexual Harassment: Is it still valid if you are working from home?
  • With YANSL (Youth Advocacy Network SriLanka) on Men and their support for women’s SRHR during the crisis
  • With Mission Sanscar on Menstrual health & hygiene during the lockdown
  • With The Indian Women Blog on Role of sexual and reproductive health counselor during the lockdown, How are Hidden Pockets helping the young people of our country?
  • With Sheroes on SRHR concerns during the lockdown
  • With Rangeen Khidki Foundation on How to manage your menstruation during the lockdown

Tweetathons:

  • With SAAF (Safe Abortion Action Fund) on How to ensure access to safe abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • With IndiaMeToo and Sheroes on Access to essential SRH products and Services during the lockdown
  • With Global Concerns India on Domestic violence & shelter homes during the time of COVID-19
  • With The Bachchao Project on Love in the time of lockdown (Digital privacy)
  • With YANSL (Youth Advocacy Network SriLanka) on Women’s right to choose during a crisis
  • With the Body & Data on Women, Queer Individuals and, Privacy during the lockdown
  • With Women Help Women, Safe Abortion WOmens’s Right and Gynuity Health Projects on Telemedicine and self-managed abortion: Is telemedicine the future?

Helpline Numbers:

 

 

 

#BleedingPaused

In an imaginary world, every menstruators dream of pausing their periods at least once. But, menstruation doesn’t stop for anyone. It continues its visits every month even during the lockdown!

Hidden-Pockets Collective launched a month-long campaign on May/2020 to create awareness about Menstrual Health Management (MHM) during a crisis.
It is an unnoticed global trend that women’s health concerns, especially sexual and reproductive health, and rights, are being left behind during the time of a crisis. Let it be a flood, pandemic outbreak, or even a nationwide lockdown, often the burden lands chiefly on women, doing double, triple, quadruple duty to care for children, parents, and other loved ones. It’s a global phenomenon that needs to be addressed and changed. Through the #BleedingPaused Campaign, Hidden-Pockets aims to break the widespread myths, misconceptions, and taboo around Menstruation.

Campaign Partners:

  1. Rangeen Khidki Foundation, Calcutta
  2. Mission Sanscar, Mumbai
  3. Project Khel
  4. Red is the New Green
Here are some of the contents we created for the campaign:

Posters:

Articles:

We have noticed that there is an increase in menstrual health-related queries on our website and careline during these times as stress and anxiety can affect a person’s menstrual cycle.

During the lockdown, we heard the word essential repeatedly. What are the essentials? How do you decide on the essentials? A research piece from Hidden-Pockets Collective!

 

Instagram live:

  • Future free of sexual shame with MensusWithManasa
  • Menstrual health & hygiene during the lockdown with Mission Sanscar
  • Role of sexual and reproductive health counselor during the lockdown, How are Hidden Pockets helping the young people of our country? with Indian Women Blog
  • Women’s Health, Nutrition, and PCOS with Aarathi Shanmugam (Nutrition coach at the Quad, Chennai)
  • How to manage your menstruation during the lockdown with Rangeen Khidki Foundation
  • Engaging mean and boys into menstrual health management with Project Khel

Tweetathon:

  • Access to essential Sexual and Reproductive Health products and services during the lockdown with IndiaMeToo
  • Access to essential Sexual and Reproductive Health products and services during the lockdown (In rural areas) with SHEROES
  • Discussing the structural challenges while approaching menstrual health with RESURJ, Mexico

Facebook Live:

  • Menstrual health management with Aahung, Pakistan (Supported by UNFPA, Pakistan)

Tik-Tok videos on periods with Project Khel

 

Abortion is Care

Abortion is Care

Every day, a minimum of 10 young women in Karnataka is looking for help to have an abortion. These women have limited information on where or how to access the services that can help them. They also have limited awareness of their sexual and reproductive health. Studies have found that unsafe abortions are the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India. And this is preventable if women have information and access to safe abortions. Hidden Pockets is running a campaign called ‘Abortion is Care’ to create awareness and provide accurate information on safe abortion in 4 cities of Karnataka (Bangalore, Bellary, Shimoga and, Mysore). By the end of this campaign, we hope to build an atmosphere where every woman will be able to access friendly, affordable and safe abortion services by involving the local communities from these cities.

Here are some of the videos we created for the campaign:

English: Abortion is Care 

Kannada: Abortion is Care

Tweetathons:

Instagram / Facebook Live:

  • Instagram live with Dakshita Wickremarathne (YANSL- Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka) on men and their support for women’s SRHR during a crisis.
  • Instagram live with Indian Women Blog on The role of sexual and reproductive health counselor during the lockdown, How are Hidden Pockets helping the young people of our country.
  • Instagram live with SHEROES India on SRHR concerns during the lockdown.
  • Instagram live with Rangeen Khidki Foundation on access to SRHR during the lockdown.
  • Instagram live with Good Universe NGO on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
  • Facebook Live with Dr. Rathnmala Desai, FPAI (Family Planning Association of India) on Pregnancy, Abortion and other Sexual and Reproductive Health Concerns.

Here are the Podcasts we created for the campaign:

Campaign posters:

 

Live sessions with students:

Live session with students from Christ University, Bangalore

Identified reproductive healthcare hotspots in four cities of Karnataka

In the month of September/2020, Hidden Pockets Collective run a campaign #knockingoncloseddoors where we mainly focussed on Abortion during Covid-19.

Campaign Collaborations #knockingoncloseddoors

  • Tweetathon with Pratigya Rights and Global Concerns India (Local Partners) on Impact of COVID 19 on Safe Abortion services in India.
  • Tweetathon with Lend a Voice Africa, Safe2Choose, The Wise up initiative, Rural women’s right structure, BALDSA, Global Media Foundation and COHERINET on Covid-19 and impact on safe abortion services around the world.

Tweetathon Moments

Abortion Stories

Chennai Namma Ooru: Reflections of a thankful heart #makeyourcityinclusive

Quite often you hear of a place and even without going there your heart tells you in an instant that you are going to be welcomed there.

As a young girl from Rajkot (A small city in Gujarat), I had just finished my schooling and first came to Chennai to pursue my college education. I still remember, as I walked through the corridors of the airport I smelled a sense of happiness. It was a different air. Those smiling faces asking me if I want a taxi , the sight of a lanky fellow pouring filter coffee from one cup to another, a group of auto drivers bellowing in Tamil – a language that was completely unknown to me then, all that spoke to me. It somehow told me that I was home.

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The scorching heat of the city didn’t disturb me at all. One just learns to live with it, and like it. There was a sense of freedom that I experienced which I couldn’t define then but I was delighted and excited. Chennai has its own distinct identity in every little thing. The paintings of the Chief Minister on the walls, the names of the shops written in Tamil , the ladies wearing Mallipoo (jasmine flowers) in their hair , the men riding bikes wearing stark white lungis, it always seems like a beautiful organised chaos.

Chennai has often been called insular as a city but I see this notion in a completely different perspective. The city has always maintained its flavour and culture. The people are fanatic about the language and one has to learn Tamil in order to become a part of the place, but haven’t we all heard that “When in Rome, do as the Romans do“!!!

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I learnt Tamil in the first six months of my stay in Chennai to be at one with the city. I had always heard that Tamil is the most difficult language to learn but for me it was a piece of cake. Moreover, people looked at me with respect when I spoke to them in Tamil because they recognised the efforts that I was putting in to be accepted. Not only did I get encouraged to learn a new language in detail but they also allowed me to make mistakes while speaking and corrected them without judging me.

I loved the city even more because it gave me the confidence to step out of my house without any self-doubts or second thoughts. I liked the fact that I could travel in the city wearing anything simple and inexpensive because nobody would look down upon me because of my clothes. There is always an astonishing simplicity found in the people of Chennai which will build an immediate affectionate camaraderie with them and will only make you feel safe and less self-conscious.

Over time I fell in love with the city even more. The fact that a metro city can give you the comfort of simple living and access to the big malls and beaches both at the same was a pleasant feeling and needless to say it made me feel inclusive.

Often when I look around, I see people dancing on the streets to Tamil songs blaring out of huge speakers. I see an old man wearing thick rimmed glasses and he gives me a one toothed smile while crossing the road. A middle aged man waits at the bus stop in scorching heat but has a look of satisfaction on his face probably because he has sweated enough for the day for his carnival of needs. I see beautiful dark skinned ladies speaking broken English and trying to sell their catch of fishes to people who don’t speak or understand Tamil. I take a second glance at all of them and I find my definition of freedom. Amidst the hullaballoo of life and density of purpose I see equality, peace, happiness, liberation, innocence and how everybody is weaved together through a common language of love and trust, and that is Chennai – Namma Ooru.

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Article and Images by Siddhi Pujara

Author Profile:

Siddhi Pujara is a media professional and works as an Executive Producer for films. Her career spans from Bollywood to Kollywood and she has also worked for the Hindi Feature film, “Happy New Year”. She is a film enthusiast and takes a keen interest in writing as well. She is currently residing in Chennai and divides her time between producing Tamil feature films, writing & photography. She can be reached at siddhi.7@gmail.com

Mental Health Day in WorkSpaces: Do you need a BLOODY break?

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health.

This Mental Health Day 10th October, 2017, we at Hidden Pockets Collective, are trying to think about how to make our workspaces more inclusive. We spent most of our daily lives at our workspaces but do our workspaces reflect our lived realities?

Female colleagues have reported that during the time of menstruation, it is not easy for people to perform their best.

#PutARingOnIt : Contraception Options

The 16 Days of ActivismAgainst Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December happens every year and this year the theme of the campaign is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.

Millions have shared the hashtag #MeToo and other campaigns, exposing the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women everywhere suffer, every day.

At Hidden Pockets Collective, we decided to seek for right to healthy life this 16 days of Activism. No women and No girl should be denied the right to health: sexual and reproductive health. We want young women and girls, married and unmarried women to start having conversations around health and talk about issues around contraception and know their choices.

We are using Beyonce’s song : #PutARingOnItas a symbol to talk about options and choices that young women and girls have in India to keep themselves healthy and happy.

Not providing young women and girls with options and choices is also gender based violence which can systematically further make the position of women and girls worse in the communities.

 

 

 

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From a Smart City to a Sustainable City? 

First Published on RESURJ , 13th Feb 2018 as part of Reflections.

City’s governing body’s plans are used to shape the work and infrastructure in the city over a period of time. When Bangalore Development Authority released the master plan for 2031, at Hidden Pockets Collective we saw this as an opportunity to look at the gendered needs in the city and highlight the same. As any new developing city, it had all the proponents of development. It had allocation for industries, it had allocation for roads, and it very much was based on a design of a concrete city. What seriously affected us was the lack of imagination employed by the urban designers in including vision of a young women living in this city?

Smart City has been one of the key visions of the present government which has allocated resources for designing 100 smart cities by the end of 2020. Several cities have been submitting proposals to be accepted by the government. Some of the features smart city mission are access to the open spaces, walkable localities and strong emphasis on tech based solutions.

There is a lack of gender lens employed in the smart city solutions, not reflecting the lived experiences of people from the marginalised communities living in these smart cities. For example, in Bangalore- The IT Capital of India, the latest Draft solution by the governing authority emphasised  more on developing lands for industries and technology, than concerns of women, persons from disabled community, migrant community, children and old persons.

This silence over including experiences of citizens in the draft model of smart cities results in lopsided development. As part of allocating resources, there was nothing mentioned about street lighting on the streets or footpaths for pedestrians to walk. There are so many cases of harassment in specific dense areas but this has not resulted in any allocation of resources concerning safety for people of different genders in these specific areas.

Cities are the future blocks of the sustainable economy and members states of international community have come to accept this in the form of Sustainable Development goals (SDG). SDG11 discusses about sustainable cities with a transformative agenda that believes everyone must have a dignified life and create preconditions that allow people to grow and flourish.Some of the targets of Goal 11 clearly provides for  accessible transportation and green and safe public spaces. which can be used by people with disabilities, older people,  women children.

Indian cities need to re-look at the some of these targets and have to understand the value of making sustainable cities over smart cities. Cities cant exist in vacuum and not including concerns of its citizens, further make the citizens of these cities prone to various harm in the future. The cities have to see value in making inclusive cities which are made sustainable using the right amount of balance of information from both the technology and its living beings.

 

Image Credit : Jasmine Lovely George

Wonder Down Under

Let’s Talk about Women’s Health!

The International Day of Action for Women’s Health is an international observance celebrated on May 28 every year since 1987. This year Hidden-Pockets is inviting the youth of Bangalore to join us for theconversation.

Where?

At Hidden-Pockets Office, HSR Layout, Bangalore.

When?

Saturday, May 25th/2019: 05.00 PM

How to participate?

WhatsApp us on 88617 13567

We would love to meet you!