Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
To drive gender balance for economic progress, it is important that our ‘engines of growth’; our cities, become safer, more secure and comfortable for women. Explain. (250 words)
Why this question:
Thousands of women across cities and villages in Kerala took to the streets to drive home the importance of making public places safer for women. Thus the question aims to analyse the role of planning and policy making in ensuring secure cities for women in the country.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss in detail the importance of an inclusive city planning and development to ensure safer cities for women in the country.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
One in three women has experienced some kind of physical or sexual violence, according to the World Health Organization. Considering the high rate of incidents globally, it is only natural for women to have suppressed and internalized deep emotional and psychological trauma.
Explain first the issue in detail.
Discuss the causes of concern, as to why places are still unsafe for women in the country.
Highlight how city planners can help address the situation.
In India, urban planning – a design and infrastructure prerogative – has traditionally never been associated with ‘safety’, which is largely a law-and-order issue. Yet, city planners play an important role in creating safer cities by incorporating and advocating safe designs.
Conclude by highlighting the need for a gendered approach to public spaces to ensure they are safe for everyone.