In the year 2009, Jagori in partnership with UN Women and Department of Women and Child Development launched the ‘Safe City Free of Violence Against Women and Girls Initiative’. The goal of the initiative is:“ Cities where women and girls are able to move around freely without the fear of harassment and violence at all times and enjoy what the city has to offer”.
As part of the first phase, a baseline study was undertaken of more than 5000 residents (men and women) in the NCT region. This survey provided exhaustive information related to typologies of harassment, vulnerability of women, ways of dealing harassment etc. The negotiations that a woman undertakes in her day to day life were reflected in this study.
It is on the basis of this, a Strategic Framework for Safer and Violence Free City for Women and Girls was designed. The work on safer city was also replicated in Kerala by Sakhi through research study and intervention plans from 2009-2011.
The intensive work of the first phase in Delhi and Kerala, now is a part of the UN Women Global Programme being implemented in five different cities, Cairo, New Delhi, Kigali, Port Moresby and Quito . The second phase of the programme in Delhi builds on the existing partnership of Jagori, Government of Delhi and UN Women and would focus of city wide advocacy for gender sensitivity and mainstreaming and focused work in municipal wards of south Delhi, Badarpur, Haus Khas, Malviya Nagar, Mehrauli and Molarband. In Kerala, the work has interestingly been initiated in four cities, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur and Ernakulam.