Danger is anywhere in the world until attitudes are changed. Meanwhile, we have to construct ways to protect the girls and women in areas where there barely are resources. When I was writting down my experience and creating the illustration from above, I realized that my safety experience is based on:
- Resources to get home without walking through dark areas and empty streets. 'Resources' means mostly: transportation. If my family would not have a pribate vehicle, I would have to go walking alone everytime I was out till late.
- Safe public transportation. When i lived in Poland, i felt safe taking the bus at any time as always they were lot of people on them. However, i would never had taken a train during the night, neither in england. In Malta, I never took a bus in the night, as I heard it was unsafe as the bus belonged to the driver... and you never know which can be the plans of the driver if you are the only passenger. But in Spain and Switzerland, I do feel safe as there is lot of security going on inside the train and people transmit tolerance and no agresivity. For example, the incident that last december happened in New Delhi is intolerable and unbelievable in the western countries.
- Mobile phones make us feel safer. Sometimes it does not really safe you but at least you know there is a chance of calling someone asking for help. A couple of friends were assaulted when they were both talking with a friend in the telephone going back home in the night. In both cases, the person who was in the other side of the line inmediately called the police.
Focusing in a safe transportation network for these areas can be key. Not only to ensure safety, but also make girls and women be part of the streets and empower their confidence. Now, another question would be if governments and volunteers could finanze a simple-low cost transport network for low-income areas.