PREVENTIVE

V. Delhi Safe Cities Program

Safe Cities Global Program
UN Women’s Safe Cities Initiative is implemented in partnership with the Department of Women and Child Development, GNCT of Delhi.

  • In 2010, UN Women with UN-Habitat and several global and local partners, launched the “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” Global Programme in Quito, Ecuador; Cairo, Egypt; New Delhi, India; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; and Kigali, Rwanda.
  • It is the first-ever global comparative programme that develops, implements, and evaluates comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public areas.

Goal

  • The goal of Delhi Safe City program is to build a safe and inclusive city where women and girls are enabled to live a life free from sexual violence, and from the fear and anticipation of such violence. Women and girls have a “right to the city”. The overall objective is to strive to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Delhi Safe City Program

  • Delhi Safe City Program works in close partnership with Department of Women and Child, GNCT of Delhi to provide technical assistance to the Delhi Government on the issue of women’s safety and violence against women. Technical Experts have been placed at the Department of Women & Child Development, GNCTD.

Recent Areas of Intervention (2014 onwards)

  • Mapping of Schemes and Services for Women Welfare and Empowerment on the website of the Department of Women & Child Development, GNCTD.
  • Streamlining the Functioning of 181 Women in Distress Helpline’
    • Technical support has been extended in developing methodology and evaluation parameters for the review of 181 Women in Distress Helpline
  • Implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2013
  • Implementation of the Awareness Generation Modules on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Safe Cities project featuring in ‘Economic Survey Report’ of Planning Department, Delhi Govt.

Some Key Achievements in the Phase I & II of the Program

  • A major milestone in the first phase of the program was the creation of Strategic Framework to identify critical areas of intervention, such as Public transport, Education, Urban planning and design of public spaces, Provision and maintenance of public infrastructure in the last quarter of 2010, with support from UN Habitat. It was based on the findings of the baseline survey and a series of consultations with stakeholders. It identified certain short term, medium term and long-term intervention strategies within seven identified critical areas. This draft strategic framework has been endorsed by the Govt of NCT, Delhi. It was published jointly by DWCD, Govt. of Delhi, Jagori, UN Women and UN Habitat. Click Here
  • A Core Committee to address women’s safety concerns and to draw a strategic action plan on measures undertaken by nodal departments of the Government under the leadership of Chief Secretary of Delhi was set up. The first Core group meeting was held on 31st July, 2013, where the Chief Secretary of Delhi had asked nodal departments to frame a joint Action plan on Women’s safety under the leadership of DWCD and with technical assistance from UN Women.

Contact Details
Department of Women and Child Development,
Government of N.C.T. of Delhi,
1-A Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla Lane,
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi – 110001.
Contact number and e mail id: 23070378; anjali.garg@unwomen.org