Breakthrough is considering some of following indices for ranking. There will be more.
- Street lighting
- Access to public toilets
- Police presence and time taken to respond
- How well used are the facilities provided?
- Public convenience (eg: presence of public toilets, proper bus stops etc)
- Quality of feeder services (i.e. Connecting services between public transport systems)
With the help of strategic partnerships, EyesOnPublicSpaces will put pressure on the duty bearers to bring about change. By partnering with traditional and new media organisations, corporates, travel advisory portals as well as advocacy efforts targeting local government, local influencers as well as resident welfare associations, EyesOnPublicSpaces seeks to begin a discussion on what women perceive as a safe city and also push for social change.
On an annual basis, EyesOnPublicSpaces will recognize those public spaces with the highest ratings, and make sure that the information is globally available. We believe this will foment competition among cities to not only make their public spaces safer, but also to increase the perception of safety for residents and those considering a visit. This is also because this model is easily replicable and other cities/organisations can also conduct such audits.
EyesOnPublicSpaces will at once empower and inform women vis-à-vis security in public spaces and facilities such as public toilets, bus stops, trains, and metro stations etc. It will also provide a handy source of information to officials responsible for those spaces. For example: Having a rating scale for the safety quotient of a city on a portal like Trip Advisor will provide people wanting to visit the city a clear idea about safe and unsafe places in advance. This can be put under a city’s “Hospitality Quotient” and the place with the most negatively rated report card can be shared with the the travel and tourism ministry or in other words the responsible duty bearer. This then can act as a mechanism to put pressure on authorities to make public spaces safer for women and making this a top priority for the development of a city and its infrastructure.
Linking of report cards with local police stations are can also be adopted as a technique to put pressure on local bodies to bring about the required changes in the infrastructure of a city in order to make it safe for its women and cater to their needs.
Breakthrough will gather data for EyesOnPublicSpaces in two ways:
• Online - users will submit fun, eye-catching and easy to navigate, EyesOnPublicSpaces report cards which will be accessible via mobile technology (smart phone) and online as a website. These report cards will then be sent across to the designated duty bearer and a demand for action for the creation of safer spaces for women will be put forward. EyesOnPublicSpaces aims at putting pressure on authorities to view safety of public places from a woman’s point of view and thus bringing in greater gender sensitivity. Submission of report cards via non smart phones can also be be done by SMS.
• Offline - Breakthrough's community volunteers will conduct public surveys with women about their perception about public spaces. The manual filling up of report cards through ‘safety audits’ can also be conducted with the help of agencies for these services.
For example: A Mumbai based NGO Akshara in collaboration with AC Neilsen conducted several safety audits in municipal wards in their city to identify locations which are violence prone and unsafe for women.