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The Delhi government will soon start installing streetlights at dark spots identified on east Delhi and north Delhi roads. The Public Works Department (PWD) has received the much-awaited no-objection certificate from the north and east municipal corporations for installation of lights, officials said on Tuesday. The proposed drive by the Delhi government will help address the issue of women safety in these regions and reduce the risk of accidents. Illuminating dark spots to ensure safety of women is one of the key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party government. A detailed survey was initiated by the PWD to identify the dark spots in these regions. It was found that there are 124 dark spots in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation area and around 7,304 dark spots in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation area. With the department in receipt of the NOC, officials said, the PWD will immediately commence work on lighting up these areas and will install around 82 poles in east Delhi and 3,686 poles in north Delhi. The department plans to use energy-saving LED lights to illuminate the dark spots. PWD is yet to receive NOC from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, officials said. “The proposed drive to illuminate these regions will be initiated immediately and is expected to be completed within 3-4 months in the east Delhi region and within 5-6 months in the north Delhi region. Installing LED lights in these regions will help in reducing the overall electricity consumption and also help generate substantial savings,” an official said. Article source....Hindustan times   Women Safety App Personal Safety App Family Tracker App GPS Tracker App

Thu, 28 Jul, 2016
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While women and girls are increasingly able to realize their rights and contribute to society, they continue to face enormous challenges and disadvantages across Asia. Today data shows that no country can get ahead if it leaves women and girls behind. In the words of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick: “Gender equality is smart economics.” Beyond smart economics, progress on the new Sustainable Development Goals – at the heart of the UN Commission on the Status of Women held last month – will not be possible without gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.   Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the fourth annual Young Lotus Circle Soirée at the Sun Klein Gallery in New York City, hosted by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a community of individuals, foundations, and corporations who raise private capital to rapidly respond to threats and challenges facing women in Asia.   For example, in India, where domestic violence has become a source of national outrage, Lotus Circle funds were used to support SafetiPin, a mobile app which allows users to conduct “safety audits” in their cities and shine a virtual spotlight on unsafe areas for women. In Bangladesh, Lotus Circle funds are supporting women entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses by developing e-commerce websites that increase their access to information, innovative technologies, and external markets. And in Vietnam, Lotus Circle funding has allowed more than 200 girls in the Mekong Delta region to overcome substantial barriers to continuing their education. Article Source....   Download  Women Safety App Personal Safety App Family Locator App Family Tracking App GPS Tracker App

Thu, 21 Jul, 2016
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Zing..Zing...I groggily get up. Take a shower and head to work. I toil there for hours and proceed back home. The street from the station to my house has four or five people on the way back. Clutching to my bag tightly, I walk in a brisk pace dearly wishing that my senses are working at double their capacity and I stay more alert than the most people. I breathe a sigh of relief after reaching home.  Sounds familiar?    Like many other working women, my lifestyle and work involves me to travel alone to remote places, sometimes at night. "If I could just reach home safely", a thought that runs through my mind is common to any woman commuting alone at night. At times like these, how does a woman ensure her own safety?  "Stay with me" a feature of my SafetiPin app works as a GPS tracker and allow you to be tracked by family or friends. This locator app turned out to be a big help for calming down my mother's nerves. With this, even she, who finds it rather difficult to work her way through her new smartphone, can track my whereabouts using track mode. This works as a family locator as well.  With the media around us screaming with headlines everyday about mishaps with women across the country, worries of mothers like mine are not completely unwarranted. An abusive driver in your preferred taxi service or the bus that seems too empty to feel safe. An auto rickshaw driver who seems too drunk to drive or no auto in sight at all are sights that girls like you and I are not new to.  This is when SafetiPin app comes in handy. The main feature of the app is that it uses your GPS location to give an alert notification whenever you are in an unsafe locality. The “Stay with me” feature allows chosen set of contacts to track you in such a situation.   There are times when my work leads me to survey slums located in outskirts of the city. In an unfamiliar place, you depend on auto driver and google maps to navigate you to your home. But how can one be sure of the route?   “Safest Route” another important feature of the app ensures just that. SafetiPin maps a large percentage of roads in a city and uses this data to provide you within formation about the safest route possible. It uses the Google alternate routes and then provides a score for each route and identifies the safest one. I have always believed that you are responsible for your own safety. We have to stay on guard and alert of our surroundings. I remember my mother telling me “It’s always better to be safe than sorry”. As much it’s a sad reality, we must fight our way forward in this world. And, it never hurts to have an app that works as protective friend, we all know we need one.   You Can Download  Family Tracking App Family Tracker App GPS Tracker App GPS Tracking App  

Mon, 18 Jul, 2016
By Sonali Vyas
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Before going off to travel, live, or work on their own, girls are often taught seemingly simple (yet often inconvenient) rules like "always travel in pairs (or groups)." Over time, similar societal rules become embedded in their daily lives and actually become instinctual — it's no coincidence why women still accompany one another to the bathroom.   "If you're a woman or belong to a minority group — black, gay, Latino, Muslim, trans — there's often no space for you within the so-called sharing economy," Sirin Kale writes in a Broadly article describing a world where "sharing" cars and homes has become commonplace. "Get in an Uber (or dare to drive one) and you may well be sexually harassed. Think it's safer to travel in numbers? Not if you're assaulted in an UberPool. Airbnb users have been raped and held against their will. Invite a Handy cleaner into your home and you may end up being extorted." Regardless of who you are, safety is never something we can take for granted. And there is hope! Along with all the other advancements in technology come innovations in safety and app stores do not fall short of options. Click through the gallery above to learn about some of the best apps with safety features that will help you, your friends, and your family travel more safely. article source...makers   Google Play Store...... Personal Safety App

Wed, 22 Jun, 2016
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  Safety is an important aspect determining ones’ mobility, especially at night.  The lack of safe public transportation facilities and poor last mile connectivity restricts the mobility of women.   Working women and university students who are required to commute even after it gets dark are affected the most.  With the city growing in all directions, long commutes are becoming more common.Many people, including women, are dependent on public transport and the case of the stalking and abduction of Snapdeal employee, DiptiSarna best brought the issue of the challenges women face daily due to lack of proper last mile connectivity to light. Safetipin, a safety app,is used to collect data on the perception of safety across various locations in many cities.  The perception of safety is measured based on nine parameters- lighting, openness, visibility, crowd, security, walk path, public transport, gender diversity, and feeling.  Each parameter is rated from 0 to 3, 0 being poor and 3 being good.  The public transport parameter specifically measures the availability of any mode of public transport - metro/bus/auto/shared auto/cycle rickshaw etc. based on their distance from the audit location.  A location point having public transport available within 2minutes walking distance i.e. within 50m is rated good.  A location where no public transport is available within 10mins walking distance i.e. up to 400m is rated as 0.  The average rating of public transport in Delhi is 1.3/3 and the overall Safety Score of Delhi is 2.45/5 i.e. fair.  TheSafetipin data around various metro stations, bus stops and bus terminals has been analyzed and shared with the concerned authorities.  Metro stations along the yellow line have been audited for safety concerns covering an area of 500m radius around the station.  Similarly, for bus stops an area of 100m radius around the bus stop was audited.  Six bus terminals were audited along with an area of 30m around each.  Lighting, Visibility, Security and lack of para transit facilities have been found to be the major issues around these modes of transport.  Improving these will make the area safer thereby encouraging women to feel safe using public transport.  While this safety data is for the use of the government and municipalities for on-ground infrastructure up gradation, the data has been integrated into our app My Safetipin, to be able to help the end-user have a safe commute.  The app provides the Safety Score as you move through the city. This safety information is integrated with Google’s traffic data allowing one to make an informed decision based on traffic, distance as well as safety. Further, the app also provides alerts to the user when she enters an unsafe area. My Safetipin is a tool to ensure one’s safety while traveling.  However, the need to ensure safe last mile connectivity cannot be undermined especially in the wake of the Delhi government’s efforts to reduce vehicular congestion on roads and expand the public transportation network.  Safetipin data is a key to ensuring safer commute using public transport. 

Mon, 13 Jun, 2016
By Kriti Agarwal
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The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 sparked national outrage in India. Since then, other brutal acts of violence have taken place in India’s cities, including the rape and murder of a 30-year-old law student on April 28 in Kerala. There were 337,922 reported crimes against women in 2014, among them over 36,000 were rape. And these are the incidents that are reported; sadly, many are not. Today, more and more women are migrating to India’s cities in search of work, which has led to increased concern over the last few years about their safety in urban areas. Delhi alone accounts for 15.4 percent of crime against women in Indian cities, and witnessed an 18.3 percent rise in reporting of crimes against women in 2014 compared to 2013. One of the effects of the 2012 case was growth in consciousness and increased reporting of crimes against women. The fear of violence in public spaces affects the everyday lives of women as it restricts their movement and freedom to exert their right as citizens of the city – freedom to move, study, work, and leisure. The rapid pace and nature of urbanization taking place throughout the world has thrown up new challenges for governments, citizens, as well as social scientists and activists. Urban spaces provide new opportunities for people to build their homes and lives, but at the same time, can reinforce existing inequalities and often create new ones. While violence and fear impacts a city’s population as a whole, marginalized groups are much more vulnerable.   Creating a safe environment involves much more than just responding to violence. It is important to create the conditions by which women are able to move about safely and without fear of violence or assault. Fear often plays a key role in women’s experience and access to the city. Therefore, in order to create greater levels of safety and comfort, both actual violence and the fear of violence need to be addressed. Research has shown that many factors play a role in determining women’s access to the city including urban design and planning, community involvement, improved policing, and usage of space. The question was how to gather that information to build safer cities. In 2013, I co-founded the mobile app and online platform Safetipin, with funding support from The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, which collects information about public spaces through a safety audit that can be done by anyone, anywhere in the world. Safetipin is a free app and can be downloaded from the App store or Google play. At the core of Safetipin is the safety audit that measures nine parameters including lighting, openness, visibility or “eyes on the street,” presence of security, the state of a walking path, as well as the presence of people and specifically women, on the streets. It is a crowdsourced app and anyone in the world can download it and use it. Each audit appears as a pin on a map and is used to compute the Safety Score of an area. Visit complete articles at here........Asia foundation Download.... My Safetipin App Download.....Safetipin App

Fri, 13 May, 2016
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ENHANCING LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY Safety audits were conducted from June 2015 for 17 metro stations of the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro. These stations were selected on the basis of their footfall and further connectivity options. An area of approximately 500m radius around each metro station has been studied to assess the safety and improve the last mile connectivity for the passengers, focusing on female commuters. The audits indicate that of the nine parameters; Visibility, Crowd, Security and Gender Diversity have been rated the poorest with Light and Public Transport being rated Average. Recommendations to better integrate the Metro with other modes of travel have been made. The Safety Scores for these 17 metro stations have been specified in the map.  

Mon, 01 Feb, 2016
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Safety Audits have been conducted in the city of Delhi since September 2013. This was done using the Safetipin App which measures the safety based on nine parameters – Lighting, Openness, Visibility, Crowd, Security, Walk Path, Public Transport, Gender Diversity and Feeling. Lighting is one of the most important parameters determining the level of safety offered. Dark unlit areas are attractive zones for the crime. As a step towards making our city safe, the dark spots in Delhi were identified. In the Safetipin App, the Lighting parameter is rated from 0-3 depending on the illumination level at the audit location. A rating of 0 indicates the absence of any light i.e. a Dark Spot. The reason for this can be either the bulb was not working, problem in the wiring, or absence of a light pole. A total of 70934 audit pins were generated for Delhi. Of these, 6748 are dark spots. The audits reveal that the north-west and southwest districts have the maximum number of dark spots with the central district having the least number. The data on dark spots has been shared with the concerned agencies i.e. the Public Works Department, the Municipal Corporations and the Delhi Development Authority. Once the problem areas have been rectified fresh audits shall be done to assess the change in safety of the area.  

Tue, 05 Jan, 2016
By Kriti Agarwal
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Increasing the strength of the police force, setting up one-stop centres and keeping the streets well lit are some of the solutions suggested by HT’s panel of experts for improving women’s safety in Noida and Ghaziabad.The panel comprised Prakash Singh, former director general of police (Uttar Pradesh police and Border Security Force); BK Gupta, former Delhi police commissioner and Kalpana Vishwanath, co-founder of SafetiPin. SafetiPin is an organisation that works to make cities safer for women.Discussing the issue of women’s safety, Gupta said in Delhi, sodium bulbs have been replaced by LED lights in almost all streetlights as they are brighter.“Sodium lights and incandescent tubelights fail to serve the purpose as they do not fully brighten up the area. Dark alleys are the places where women mostly feel unsafe and vulnerable. Streetlight cover in Noida and Ghaziabad should be increased and the existing bulbs must be replaced with LED lights as soon as possible,” said Gupta.The idea was echoed by Vishwanath, who said that streetlights are most important in making a woman feel safe on the streets.“Streetlights are an important factor in determining whether an area is termed safe or not. And this is the reason why it is one of the nine parameters in a safety audit conducted by SafetiPin. In the audit, we have found that most places in Noida have scored zero on the streetlight factor,” said Vishwanath.Talking about the infrastructural requirements for making cities safer for women, Gupta emphasised on CCTV camera surveillance, not only in public places but also in public transport vehicles.“CCTV camera network is must to prevent crime against women as a criminal will know that he is being watched. For instance, the kidnapping of a woman in Gurgaon on Monday came to light as it was caught on CCTV camera. She was saved because of this. Moreover, CCTV cameras should be installed in public transport vehicles also as appointing a marshal in each vehicle is not feasible,” he said.Prakash Singh talked about having more women police personnel. According to him, the ideal representation of women in a police force should be one-third of the total strength, but it is less than 10% in Noida and Ghaziabad.“Increasing representation of women in the police force is necessary as it will help restore faith of women in the police and they will not be afraid of lodging complaints,” said Singh.He said there is a need to recognise the reason behind the rise in crime against women.“There is erosion in the value system, which needs to be tackled at the family and institutional level. Moral values and ethics have disappeared and there is a need to restore them,” he said.Gupta said like Delhi, the Uttar Pradesh police should also have a post of commissioner as this will make police officers more proactive.“The UP police lag behind the Delhi police in sensitiveness towards issues regarding crime against women. During my tenure, I had started a policy under which if a woman was stuck somewhere in the city late at night and was unable to find any safe mode of transport, she could call a PCR van which would drop her home safely. This kind of a facility can be started here as well,” said Gupta.Singh said one-stop centres for women should be set up in Noida and Ghaziabad.“The policy for one-stop centre was introduced after the December 16 gangrape incident in 2012, but the progress has been extremely slow. Noida and Ghaziabad are in a dire need of such centres as the rate of crime against women is high here. Such a good idea should be followed up on,” he said.Looking at the way forward for the issue, all three experts agreed that a lot has changed since December 16, 2012 in Delhi, but there is still a long way to go before the cities are safe for women.“Awareness regarding crimes has increased and cases of crime against woman are taken with utmost importance. However, there is still a lot that needs to be done with regard to infrastructure and how our cities are designed,” said Vishwanath.Gupta said that earlier police officials used to dissuade a woman from lodging an FIR. But now, since the laws have become stringent, all crimes are registered.“The Supreme Court has passed an order that if a police officer refuses to lodge an First Information Report (FIR) for a crime against a woman, a criminal case can be registered against him. Moreover, laws have been passed which categorise stalking as an offence which is an improvement,” said Gupta....Article Source. Google Play Store..... Safetipin: Personal & Women Safety App Apple Play Store......... Safetipin: Personal & Women Safety App

Mon, 04 Jan, 2016
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Safetipin has launched a new app earlier this year called Safetipin Nite. This app has been specifically designed to take photographs of the city at night in order to supplement the data that is collected on Safetipin through crowdsourcing. The Safetipin app works as a tool for citizens to audit and rate public spaces on defined parameters of safety. Safety here is defined in relation to fear and crime, specifically on violence against women. While the Safetipin app can be downloaded by individuals to input and see all the available data, the Safetipin  Nite is a tool to collect data through photographs. The phone is attached on to the windscreen of a car and takes photographs at regular intervals as the car moves along.  As the data is collected, it is directly uploaded and it is used to code on the basis of the 8 parameters of the Safetipin app - lighting, openness, visibility, crowd, presence of women, presence of security, availability of public transport and the state of the walk path. Once the data is coded, it appears as an audit pin on the Safetipin app and web interface. Therefore the data collected through the photographs can be seen by people in the city to make safer decisions.  The purpose of developing this app was to find a way to collectlarge scale data in cities at regular intervals for use by urban planners and other urban stakeholders. We have begun using this method  to collect data in five cities - Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru in India; Nairobi in Kenya and Bogota in Colombia. We will soon be starting data collection in another ten cities in the next few months. This data is very useful for planners, police and others as it gives safety parameters over a large part of the city. For example in Delhi, data has been collected over 4000 km of a road across the entire city and similarly over 3000 km in Bogota city. This means that it can be used for urban decision making and resource planning by city officials. For example in Delhi, the data has been shared with the Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Police and the MCD for them to use in assessing the level of lighting in the city, the state of the walking path or how safe people feel in the city. Thus, if PWD or MCD wants to take a decision on which parts of the city need to be improved lighting, then the Safetipin data can be used to gauge where the lighting scores are low. Further, it is useful as it allows regular data collection. Thus, if the city government effects changes which could have an impact on safety, we can redo the audits in that area and show that in fact the safety of the area has improved because of specific initiatives or programs. It, therefore, becomes a very useful tool to measure change and impact. We work with cab companies in the collection of data and have forged a global partnership with Uber who is supporting this initiative in expanding it to cities both in India and globally. 

Fri, 27 Nov, 2015
By Kalpana Viswanath
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