Creating Safety Houses for Women within the Urban Areas.
When we were younger we were always told about the local safety house, they were throughout my local neighborhood and were identified with a yellow sticker on their letterbox. We were told that if we ever felt unsafe and in danger we could go to those houses and those who lived there would help us call our parents, police or medical assistance and they would look after us until help arrived.
While in Australia the Safety House Program was initially developed for children we can take this idea and apply it to low-income urban areas throughout the developing world. Not only can they be a refuge for those who feel as though they are in danger, they can provide workshops, education and information for both men and women on personal safety and violence. They can also provide assistance for those who need immediate help and create an environment with sense of community providing social services and a place for women relocating to larger cities.