Chinmayi S K presented the methodology for the Safe Goa project at the 5th International Conference on Technologies for Development (Tech4Dev 2018) held in Laussane, Switzerland from 27 to 29 June 2018. A working paper titled “Low Technology Participatory Methodologies in Research and Advocacy for Making Cities Safer for Women” authored by Chinmayi S K, Yugendran Muthuvel and Tania Devaiah was submitted for the conference. The final paper is scheduled for release in September 2018.
The conference was organised by the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development at the Cooperation & Development Center (CODEV), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
A pilot study on the safety of women in public spaces in Goa, India
By Chinmayi S K and Tania Devaiah
Women and the streets of Goa (2018) is a preliminary report comprising the findings of the Safe Goa project. Safe Goa is an effort to study the safety of women in public spaces and to advocate for the mitigation of the issues of public safety.
This report draws from the following:
- Maps displaying the street-level view printed on paper and placed on the field, that is, in 7 different locations in the city of Panjim for victims and bystanders to anonymously log incidents of street harassment and assault. Data was collected from this maps over 5 weeks.
- Structured and anonymized interviews with 20 women residents of Goa to record personal accounts of street harassment and to understand the issue in its depth.
- 5 focus group discussions attended by more than 100 people to understand what public safety means to them and to identify and determine potential interventions.
This pilot study emphasizes the lived experiences of women in Panjim and the meaning they ascribe to “safety” with reference to public spaces in Goa.
Chinmayi S K was selected as a finalist in the Individual category of the Sandvik India Gender Awards, 2018 for the Safe Goa project, which was conceived and executed as an initiative of The Bachchao Project.
Sandvik India received 384 applications for the award, out of which 129 were long-listed. Subsequently, 24 were selected for the final round across 8 categories. Chinmayi S K was among the top 3 finalists in the Individual category.
The award distribution ceremony was held in Pune on 25th May 2018.