Safe and inclusive cities
Continuous and widespread Violence Against Women (VAW) in urban India highlight the challenge of delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 5 - gender equality and 11 - safe, sustainable, inclusive cities. In particular, women in low-income urban neighbourhoods face increased sexual and physical assaults during access to and use of infrastructures (e.g. water taps, public toilets, transport, walkways).
Research undertaken by Dr Ayona Datta uses innovations in digital technology and participatory mapping, to improve women’s knowledge of and safe access to urban infrastructures in Indian cities. Working with civil society partners, Dr Datta is identifying infrastructural and informational blindspots that address VAW, empower women and create safe and inclusive Indian cities.